Ghana readies to roll out ID card project


Ghana's government has handed over a fleet of vehicles and other essential logistics to the National Identification Authority (NIA) to facilitate the nationwide issuance, by the Authority, of a national ID card, known as the Ghana Card.

The items are the first instalment of the sort of logistics that are going to be necessary to undertake the Ghana Card project.

Parliament last week approved amendments to the legislation governing the activities of the NIA and the contract for the issuance of the ID card project, paving way for the nationwide registration process to begin.

At a brief ceremony in Accra on Tuesday, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, on behalf of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, handed over 57 Nissan Hard body pickups, 5 Toyota Hiace Vans, 60 motorbikes and two generator sets to the Executive Secretary of the NIA, Prof. Kenneth Attafuah, to be used for the registration and issuance project, set to begin in about a month.

Vice President Bawumia said the handing over of the vehicles was further demonstration of Government’s determination to put in place the necessary building blocks for the formalisation of the Ghanaian economy to achieve President Akufo-Addo’s vision of a Ghana beyond Aid.

He noted that the registration and issuance of the national ID card was a critical piece of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision to build a modern prosperous economy. The Vice President said it was important that the address of everybody was captured in a national database.

“Once Ghana has a unique database where everybody is registered and everybody has a unique number, the benefits for all of us will be very apparent. Banks can easily verify your identity when you open a bank account; same with SSNIT. Getting a passport will become one of the easiest things that will be available to us. Acquiring a driver's licence will be much easier,” Dr Bawumia added.

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