Ghana’s national identification card, the Ghana Card, being spearheaded by the National Identification Authority (NIA) is expected to cost the country 1.22 billion dollars in the next 15 years.

Registration and issuance of national ID cards to Ghanaians by the Authority is set to begin from May 28 from the Jubilee House in Accra.

Speaking TV3 Wednesday on the registration exercise, Executive Director of NIA, Prof. Ken Attafuah said “over the next 15years this project is going to cost us as a nation $1.22 billion”.

He explained that the project is hinged on a “design-build-operate-transfer” agreement which will see both government and the private partner make some financial commitments.
“The private partners share of this burden is 678 million, the government of Ghana component 531 million,” he said.

Even though Prof. Attafuah would not disclose how much government has so far allocated for the project bus said “We have sufficient money to begin the process today”.
“I cannot tell you how much we have because when you need money, the money is made available to you”, he added.

He however noted “Six months after we have started, government will make money available as and when it is required”.

The nationwide registration exercise which will be from one region to the other will also see the NIA register Ghanaians in the diaspora

Background

The Ghana Card project, which seeks to modedrnise and formalize the Ghanaian economy, was one of the campaign promises of the New Patriotic Party.

Government has said it will in the establishment of a credible national database and serve as the primary ID card that citizens will use to access all services in the country, including even travelling within the West African sub-region.

When fully implemented the Ghana Card will be the only valid ID for application for a bank account, passport, telephone number, property acquisition, driver’s license and many more.

According to the National Identification Authority, former heads of state, journalists and security officials will be the first to be issued cards before registration opens to the general public.

Speaking to Citi News , CEO of the National Identification Authority, Professor Ken Attafuah said “we would have our technicians and registration officials at the Flagstaff House or Jubilee House.

They will be at Parliament House, they will be at the judicial house premises, and they will also be at the security sector institutions registering them and issuing cards to them.”

“The strategy is to be in the Greater Accra Region for about two to three months registering every Ghanaian and they we go onto the Volta Region, Northern Region, Upper East, Upper West, Brong Ahafo, Western Region, Ashanti Region, Eastern Region and then we end with the Central Region,” he added.

Consequently, the National Identification Authority has recruited and trained 2,700 commissioners of oath to operate alongside the staff of the NIA during the registration for the Ghana Card.

The exercise is expected to cost $1.2 billion over 15 years.

The government is contributing $531 million of the cost, while Identity Management System (IMS), which is partnering the NIA under a public/private partnership (PPP) agreement, will provide $678 million for the exercise.

The government in March 2018 also handed over a fleet of cars and other essential logistics to the National Identification Authority (NIA), to facilitate the public issuance of a national ID card.

Documents such as driving licences, National Health Insurance cards, baptismal certificates and voters identity cards are no longer tenable as sources of identification for the Ghana Card.

Only birth certificates and passports will be used as identification for the acquisition of the card, as provided for by the National Identification Amendment Law 2017 (Act 950).

Credits: 3news / citibusinessnews
(By P.D Wedam) / (By: Nana Oye Ankrah & Delali Adogla-Bessa)