NIA begins registration exercise in Ga East tomorrow

ACI Palmdeti

ACI Palmdeti

The National Identification Authority (NIA) will begin the next phase of its mass registration exercise tomorrow to February 4, 2019, in the Ga East Municipality, the head of Corporate Affairs at NIA, Assistant Commissioner of Immigration (ACI) Francis Palmdeti, has disclosed.

He said areas to cover during the registration are Abokobi, Abladjei, Agbogba, Haatso, Atomic, Kwabenya, Dome East and West and Taifa South and North.

In an interview with the Ghanaian Times last Friday, ACI Palmdeti said 90 registration centres had been created across the municipality targeting not less than 80 per cent of the residents, representing 137, 000 out of a total number of 197, 000 residents.

According to him, after the registration in Ga East, the authority would divide the remaining districts in the Greater Accra Region into clusters, explaining that the intention was to split the region into two broad zones, and tackle one zone after the other.

ACI Palmdeti said, officers for the registration were ready and had trained over 1500 commissioners of oath, who would assist people without the required documents for registration.

He said registration officers and assistants would be drawn from the community where the exercise would take place, adding “we don’t want a situation where you would have to be transporting officials from one place to another; this helps with mobilisation of logistics and other equipments within the community.”

Assessing the previous registrations conducted in Adentan and La-Nkwantang-Madina, ACI Palmdeti said Adentan was good as it exceeded the expectation of the authority.

At La-Nkwantang-Madina, he said the authority had some challenges, but was hopeful Ga East would be better than the previous two registrations.

ACI Palmdeti said a total of 330,208 people were registered in Adentan, La-Nkwantang-Madina, and other institutions.

On payment of salaries, he said the authority had a meeting with the leadership of the officers to explain to them the reason for the delay of their salaries, “we also made them to understand that the authority owed them one month’s salary instead of the two months they were demanding.”

The Head of Corporate Affairs further explained that “the officers are on a daily wage and the month has to end before their salaries were processed,” and expressed the hope that such agitations do not occur again as the authority was in the final stages of developing a software that would help to reduce the time being spent on processing their salaries.

He urged residents of Ga East to come out and register in their numbers and not to wait till the last day before they decide to register, and advised them to be vigilant to ensure that foreigners do not register.

BY JEMIMA ESINAM KUATSINU

 

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