NIA fails to carry out Ghana Card registration in Parliament again

Prof. Ken Attafuah, Acting Executive Secretary of NIAThe National Identification Authority (NIA) has for the second time failed to carry out its registration exercise in Parliament.

The authority was scheduled to register the Speaker of Parliament, members of the law making body and other parliamentary staff as part of its nationwide issuance of the Ghana Card which took off at the seat of government, Jubilee House, in Accra on Monday, June 4 after a failed take-off programmed for Monday, May 28.

At about midday yesterday when the Ghanaian Times got to parliament to monitor the exercise, the tables which were prepared in anticipation of the arrival of the NIA team at the foyer of the House was unoccupied.

As though the expectant registrants knew the officials from the authority would not show up, they could be seen in their various offices attending to their everyday business.

A staff who didn’t want to be named said they were eager to get their information onto the national data expressing disappointment in the NIA for not living upto its words.

It is unclear what might have caused the failure of the exercise to take off but the minority caucus had indicated it won’t be part of the exercise.

In a statement issued in Accra on Sunday, the caucus said it would stay away from the exercise for two reasons.

The statement signed by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said officials of the NIA were to meet with the House to “clarify a number of issues relating to the rollout of the exercise.”

Secondly, it said “significant questions remain about the cost, scope and legality of the project as well as registration requirements.”

According to the opposition lawmakers, the NIA has been less candid with the people of Ghana alleging that whereas documents available to them puts the total cost of the exercise which is expected to span a 15-year period at US$1.4 billion, “the Chief Executive Officer of the NIA, Professor Ken Attafuah, is on record as saying it will cost US$293 million.”

Asked by the Ghanaian Times what the termination point of the group would be with regards to their opposition to the exercise, Inusah Fuseini, the Ranking Member on the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee said “let us have the leadership of Parliament explain to the House why they have certainly decided that they won’t inform Parliament that this exercise is coming on especially when we had agreed that the NIA boss briefed us on the exercise”.




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