Not all can get Ghana Cards by Sept. 30 — NIA boss

The National Identification Authority(NIA) has indicated that it is not possible for persons who are applying for new card or correction errors or even seeking a replacement due to loss or damage will be able to get them sorted out by Friday, September 30.

Executive Secretary of the Authority, Professor Kenneth Agyemang speaking in an interview on TV3 said his out was not established to operate by deadlines but rather in perpetuity.

The national identity cards, popularly known as the Ghana Cards, have become the primary document for the recent re-registration of subscriber identity module (SIM) cards.

Failure by many to get their SIM cards re-registered saw the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, extend the July 31 deadline by two more months. It was the second extension after the first on Thursday, March 31.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful, while addressing the press on Sunday, said she had to extend the deadline again “reluctantly”.

“Upon consultation with the industry and in view of the challenges enumerated above, I have very reluctantly decided to grant a final conditional extension.”

 

She said this latest decision will take the exercise, which started on Friday, October 1, to exactly a year since it started.

“The programme will be extended to 30th September to end on the anniversary of its commencement. That will give us one full year of SIM registration.”

With the Ghana Card as the single most sought-after document for the registration, pressure is on the NIA to get applicants captured for their cards.

But Prof Attafuah said the Authority was set up to allow Ghanaians the luxury of time to get their cards.

“NIA was not set up with a specific deadline,” he stressed.

“NIA is an organisation set up in perpetuity. What that means is that we are to deliver our mandate pretty much the same like the hospital or a maternity ward that people go there as and when they need to.”

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