The National Identification Authority (NIA) will resume the mass issuance of National Identification Cards at the end of April.
The Authority has already been undertaking selective registration exercises in Accra for a few months.
At an Economic Management Team town hall meeting, Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia noted that 500,000 cards have already been issued.
“The introduction of National ID Cards is a game changer despite its teething challenges. So far about 500,000 cards have been issued, covering public sector institutions and the two pilot constituencies of Adentan and Madina. The mass issuance should resume at the end of April.”
The Ghana Card is one of the Akufo-Addo administration’s attempts to formalise the economy.
Its rollout is costing the state about $1.2 billion.
The Ghana ID card has been touted as the all-purpose ID that contains biometric information.
Registration and instant issuance of the National Identification cards began in Adentan on November 5, 2018, amidst technical challenges as well as issues with digital address codes which is a prerequisite for the registration.
There was supposed to be a three-week window for citizens to register.
The authority has also had to employ the services of Commissioners of Oaths for the process of swearing oaths and making of affirmations by relatives of persons who do not have birth certificates or passports, the two mandatory documents needed for the registration of the Ghana Card.
By: Delali Adogla-Bessa | citinewsroom.com | Ghana