Digital Address Code Has No Legal Backing, Lawyer Sues NIA

A private legal practitioner, Francis Kwarteng Arthur has dragged the National Identification Authority (NIA) to court on grounds that, the Digital Address Code as a requirement for acquiring the new Ghana card “has no legal backing.”

Government rolled out the project sometime this year as part of measures to capture particulars of all Ghanaians into a one database for ease of transaction. The process requires that, one provides a digital address code, generated via a Ghana post GPS as part of requirements to acquiring the Ghana card.
The registration process started from the government machinery i.e Presidency and Parliament and is trickling to other institutions and departments of the state.
Currently, the project has been rolled out for members of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) and all members are expected to provide all relevant primary details including a digital address code in order to be registered.

But speaking on “Ete Sen” on Radio XYZ on Monday, October 22, Lawyer Kwarteng Arthur recounts his frustration when he took turn to register for the card. He explains his failure to provide a digital address code impeded the registration, a situation which called for his investigations as to why the digital address code has been made a mandatory requirement. According to him, his findings indicated that the provision “has no legal backing.” I came to realise upon my investigations that, the Digital Address Code has no legal backing. I am therefore seeking the court to declare that, the digital address code as it stands now is an illegality” he said.

Deepening his argument further, Lawyer Kwarteng Arthur says he seem not to understand why one must be denied the opportunity to own a card because he fails to provide a digital address code. Drawing an analogy between this and the National Health Insurance Card he quizzes “Because we say one must have a National Health Insurance Card, are you saying if someone doesn’t have he shouldn’t receive health care?”

According to him, “the provision only has a mention in Act 905 (2018) but does not have a parent act” so prays the court declares it as an illegality.

Lawyer Kwarteng Arthur however observes that, the move to register all Ghanaians on to a one Ghana card may be laudable. However, all concerns must be welcomed and address critically else not every one would have the opportunity to own the National ID card.


Source:Ghana/ Charles Akrofi