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NIA begins registration in the North today


Acting Executive Secretary of the NIA, Professor Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah

The National Identification Authority (NIA) has announced it is set to commence registration for the Ghana Card in the Northern, Savannah and North East regions today.

It says registration centers will be set up in 31 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the three regions of the north for the 3-week exercise, indicating  this registration is open to only Ghanaians aged 15 and above for free of charge.

At a press briefing earlier yesterday in Tamale, the Acting Executive Secretary of the NIA, Professor Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah revealed that there has been a revised roll-out plan for the much-awaited mass registration exercise that will enable all qualified Ghanaians residing in these three regions to be registered onto the National Identity Register and to be issued with the Ghana Card.

He said the NIA has reached significant milestone toward the attainment of a robust, dependable and resilient National Identification System (NIS). Prof Attafuah highlighted the key objectives of the NIA project to the media in Tamale.

“Our fist obligation is to fulfil the statutory mandate impose on the National Identification Authority to develop a national biometric repository of Ghanaians residents abroad and at home and foreigners who are also living in our country.

“Our second mandate is to register all Ghanaians from birth to infinity onto an electronic national identity register. Third, we are to issue identity cards to all Ghanaians in and outside this country and it is our responsibility in the fourth place to provide a biometric verification system or service to all user agencies such as the Bank of Ghana, the social security and national insurance trust, the National Health Insurance Authority and the Ghana Revenue Authority”.

Professor Attafuah added that it is the duty of the NIA provide a harmonization and integration system for all identity registers and eliminate duplication of efforts and waste of national resources by other government agencies.


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