The Minority Caucus in Parliament has underscored the need for the citizenry to obtain the National Identification (ID) Card (Ghana Card).
They said the issue of the National ID Card and the contemplation of the Electoral Commission (EC) using it as a basis for registration or for the conduct of the 2024 general election, made it a democratic imperative that every deserving Ghanaian had the Ghana Card.
The Minority warned that and any failure on their part would throw democracy into jeopardy and the Card must be made easily and increasingly available to citizens.
Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader, speaking on the floor of Parliament, stressed on the need for Ghanaians to obtain the Ghana Card since they deserve to obtain the Card and without it may be denied democratic services.
Nartey George, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ningo-Prampram Constituency in the Greater Accra Region and Deputy Ranking Member for Communications, who raised the issue on the Ghana Card on the floor of the House, urged the Business Committee of the House to schedule a joint meeting for the Ministers for The Interior, Communications and Digitalisation and Finance to brief the House on the issue of Ghana Card.
He reiterated that Parliament had oversight responsibility over the Minister for the Interior, who oversees the National Identification Authority (NIA), the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, who oversees the National Communications Authority and the Minister of Finance who had oversight over the Bank of Ghana.
Mr George explained that the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation had issued deadline of June 30, 2022, that is, from July 1, it would deactivate unregistered mobile Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Cards and Bank of Ghana had also directed from July 1 customers would not be able to access their bank accounts without Ghana Card based on directives of Legislative Instrument (LI) 2111, which was passed by the House.
Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, the MP for South Dayi Constituency in the Volta Region, lamented that the District Offices of the Authority were sited far away from the people and appealed to the Authority to move around to reach out to the people for the Ghana Card registration. -GNA