According to a recent 3News story, the National Identification Authority (NIA) has pledged to make it easier for Ghanaians living in households and densely populated areas to register for national identity cards.
Professor Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah, the NIA’s executive secretary, announced this welcome news on TV3.
He stated that his organization will ensure that all Ghanaians were registered in order to complete the SIM re-registration effectively.
Additional registration locations would be opened, according to Prof. Attafuah, to help people who have not yet signed up for the program.
“We are going to increase and deepen the possibilities within budgetary allocation,” he stated while speaking to Alfred Ocansey.
“We have household registration facility, we have institutional registration facilities and we have premium registration facilities in addition to our offices that are operational.”
However, he acknowledged that his team wouldn’t be able to register everyone in time to fulfill the deadline set by Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications and Digitalization, for the SIM card re-registration effort.
He argued that the Authority operates without a time limit and was established by law to exist forever.
“In terms of human resources, it is inadequate to meet the needs that are being, as it were, expected to emerge now. We were not set up like that.
“We were set up to finish mass registration and then to have continuous registration through the regional and district offices. That is the scheme prescribed by law and that is the scheme we are implementing and we are doing so in perpetuity. There is no timeline and the intendment of the law is that people will go to the NIA at their leisure and pleasure to go and get registered and those people will be those who were not captured during registration.”