The National Identification Authority (NIA) is not worried by the premeditated suit from the Minority in Parliament.
According to NIA, the decision not to add the voter’s identification card was a law passed by the august house, and NIA is only enforcing it.The Minority is dragging the authority to court over a decision not to add the Voters’ ID card as part of requirements for obtaining the Ghana Card.
Speaking on behalf of NIA the head of Public Affairs for Ghana Immigration Service, Francis Palmdeti said NIA could not breach the law governing its activities and do things on its accord.
“I think steps NIA is taking on not including the voter’s ID card, NIA is just implementing the law, and for us not implement the law in the manner it has been passed will be the breach of the law. We are not willing to breach the law passed by our general august house. I am of the view that, just like any other citizen of this country, who may have an issue with legislation, they are entitled to exercise right in the court, if that is the root the minority want to go, we as an institution do not have an objection to that,” he said.
The National Identification Authority (NIA), has clarified its identification scope for the Ghana card registration, saying persons without passports and birth certificates could get relatives who will stand in as guarantors during the registration process.
About the National ID card
The issuance of a National Identification ID card is among the government’s key promises to formalise the country’s economy.
Under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government in 2009, the NIA began the process to register and issue the National ID card to all Ghanaians.
About 11 million people in six regions of the country were registered as part of the process between 2009 and 2010.
The cards were, however, ready for collection later in 2011, although a number of them could not be accessed.
But most banks and some state institutions rendered them useless as they rejected them as an unrecognised state ID card.
By: Farida Yusif/citinewsroom.com/Ghana