The National Identification Authority has set May 28,2018 for the beginning of the nationwide registration of Ghanaians and issuance of the National Identification card, also known as Ghana card.
The Card will replace the sectoral identity cards in circulation and become the only card to be used in transactions where identification is required as provided by law. Among other things, it will enable other stakeholders to run their applications on the national identity card.
The new date comes after Vice president of the republic, Dr Alhaji Mahammudu Bawumia, disclosed a month ago that the National Identification Authority (NIA) would begin to roll out the registration and issuance of the National Identification card in April 2018.
Dr Bawumia made the revelation on Tuesday, March 27,2018 in Accra when he, on behalf of president Nana Akufo-Addo , handed over 57 Nissan Hard body pickups, 5 Toyota Hiace mini vans, and other logistics to the NIA to ensure the smooth beginning of the project.
In a new announcement, the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Professor Ken Attafuah, explained that the registration is starting from the Greater Accra region on Monday and that the NIA expects to register all Ghanaian citizens in Ghana within one year.
The registration team will move to Volta Region followed by Northern, Upper East, Upper West, Brong Ahafo, Western, Ashanti, Eastern and Central regions.
The NIA Act that was approved has done away with the use of voter’s ID cards, drivers’ license and baptismal certificates as proof of citizenship.
However, the use of birth certificates and passports are allowed as proof of citizenship.
Ample arrangements had been made in the ACT to enable Ghanaians without birth certificates or passports to register if the those individuals are vouched for by two relatives, or by two non-relatives to be determined by the NIA.
The registrants are required to provide information, including the applicant’s birth certificate, street names, telephone numbers and the digital address codes, particualrly the Ghanapostgps address which is also a prerequisite for the registration of Ghanaians and naturalised individuals.
Others would include their passport numbers and their dates of issue, social security numbers, tax identification numbers and drivers’ licences numbers.
The NIA would register all children under six years of age and give them unique identification numbers.
The unique numbers would be linked to the particulars of their parents.