What to Expect From Prez Akufo-Addo’s Newly Launched ID Card – Ghana Card – President Akufo-Addo has continued to prove his willingness and readiness to fulfill the promises he made to Ghanaians prior to his election victory in December 2016.
The President has become the first recipient of the new national ID card – Ghana card, as last week, the National Identification Authority (NIA) began the process – to capture the biometric data of all Ghanaian citizens.
Speaking at the launch of the ‘Ghana Card’ on September 16, 2017, President Akufo-Addo said the exercise signaled “the dawn of a new day in biometric identity management in Ghana and the virtues of a public-private partnership arrangement in meeting our development needs.”
Nana Addo on the same day had gone through registration formalities and was issued his card.
The registration process started under the erstwhile Kufuor administration but stalled under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.
Between July 2008 and May 2010, the NIA began mass registration of Ghanaians for the unique ID card. A total of 11 million people in six regions were registered in the process.
Amidst various challenges, a collection of the card started later in 2011. However, the programme developed a fault, leading to the rejection of the card by key institutions.
But the Ghana card has bounced back and is very efficient. The new Ghana Card is said to be an improvement over the previous one and meets all international standards required of such identity document.
The new card will take advantage of new technologies such as tactile elements for the blind, chip embedding technology and iris capabilities in addition to taking all 10 fingerprints of an applicant.
Other unique changes that come with the new card is that the exercise would involve the registration of ages 0-5. According to Nana Addo this is a historic opportunity for us to sanitize and rationalize birth certification in Ghana and ensure social inclusion right from birth.
The role of the NIA, Akufo Addo said, was crucial in the management and development of Ghana. This was why the President pledged to provide the outfit with the requisite support to enable it to perform its functions effectively.