The Executive Director of the Centre for Leadership and Democratic Governance (CLDG), has appealed to the National Identification Authority, NIA, to designate a special day each week or month to serve the aged.
The NIA is tasked by law to register and issue Ghanaians with NIA cards.
After the general registration by NIA to get more Ghanaians the Ghana Card, special offices of the NIA have been opened at MMDAs to offer continuous registration and issuance of the cards to Ghanaians who could not register during the mass registration exercise across Ghana.
The CDGL, however, believes it is inappropriate for the aged to go through the process as any ordinary Ghana.
“The NIA card has now become what one terms as the basis for any official registration i.e SIM card registration, SSNIT number merger, bank account opening etc. All these activities the aged participate in, and as such they need the Ghana card to be able to go through, for which reason they join long queues for many hours just for a Ghana card.”
“Providing easy access for the aged in Ghana to acquire NIA Card is a fundamental human right the aged in Ghana must enjoy,” it said in a statement.