NIA Executive Director, Prof. Ken Attafuah

The Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Prof. Ken Attafuah, will appear before Parliament’s Communication Committee today to update them on the ongoing Ghana Card registration exercise.

The Authority is expected to table before the House, the challenges facing the system which are delaying the registration exercise despite the fact that five registration points have been added to facilitate the ongoing registration which will end on March, 31.

The points include the Accra Sports Stadium, El-Wak Sports Stadium, Kumasi Sports Stadium, the Ghana National Fire Service Regional Office in Cape Coast and the Tamale Sports Stadium.

Prior to Wednesday’s meeting, Deputy Ranking Member on the Communication Committee, Sam George, revealed that the Minority will push for the return of mass registration of Ghana cards since many Ghanaians are yet to be registered.

“…not just having the district office but opening up in various parts of the community like another mass registration because it is obvious that the first mass registration did not achieve everything it has to do and so we need to have another mass registration,” he told JoyNews during a visit to one of the registration centres at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The Ningo-Prampram MP also added that his side will challenge the premium charge of GH₵250 by the NIA.

According to him, charging GH¢250 is exorbitant, a decision that breaches several laws.

“A lady asked a very important question and as an MP, I didn’t have an answer. She is a Ghanaian and has a birth certificate and another Ghanaian has a birth certificate.

Our laws say that public services must not be discriminatory and you are saying that if she doesn’t have 2.5 million (Old Cedi), she is not Ghanaian enough like somebody else. That is an injustice we must fight against. It is against the social justice phenomena of the NDC and we will fight against it.

Because 2.5million (Old Cedi) is somebody’s salary and so, for you to ask somebody to pay 2.5million to have just a card.”