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Ghana card registration: Mion residents unhappy with conduct of NIA officials

There was near physical confrontations at  the NIA registration center at Sambu E/A primary school in the Mion district of the Northern Region.

Residents who have abandoned their farming activities and queied to register for the Ghana card were angry at officials manning the process.

The residents say the slow pace of the process was enough frustration and that they will tolerate any misconduct of the NIA officials.
They have accused them of not registering what termed as ‘first come first serve’ but rather favoring people they either being asked to register or those they are familiar with.

The residents told Zaa News that the requirement qualifying them was also a big problem they are grappling with.

They mentioned Ghana Post digital code and brith certificate as the two key requirements they have been struggling with as internet access in the area was not the best.
Meanwhile, in some centers in the Tamale metropolis, Fulanis have encountered serious challenges from registering.

They have been challenged by some NIA registration officers of their nationalities in despite producing relevant documents to prove that they are indeed Ghanaains.
The about  400 centers have recorded serious set backs since the exercise started.

Initially, each center were supposed to register at least 60 people a day but are currently registering 20 people.
Team leaders of the centers attributed the slow pace to breakdown of machines and shortage of registration materials are reasons for their inability to meet the demands.

The Fulanis Chief in Tamale, Issah Barry told Zaa News that what he witnessed was very bad.

Chief Barry said ‘an official went as far as threatening to siezed a garanter card who registered in Accra because he was vouching for his colleague fulani, I asked him are the best registration officer in the whole country’.

Officials response

Responding to concerns of the process, Assistant Commissioner of Immigration, Francis Palmdeti said the NIA is considering relocating
some centres to other nearby communities or localities.
According Mr Palmdeti the relocation will enable those living in the said communities where centres will be relocated   to register without traveling a long distance to get registered.

The impact of the challenges experienced during on the entire exercise in the three regions he added will be assessed and a decision will be taken on what next to do.

Mass Registration exercise started Thursday 3rd October 2019 and is expected to end on 23rd October 2019.

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