Ghana?s NIA calls for policy to synchronize ID cards

Josef Iroko
Head, Administration/Legal & Compliance of the NIA, Josef Iroko

The National Identification Authority (NIA) is calling for a policy to synchronize identity cards in the country into one.

Josef Iroko
Head, Administration/Legal & Compliance of the NIA, Josef Iroko

Head, Administration/Legal & Compliance of the NIA, Josef Iroko told in an interview over the weekend the situation where people carry different identity cards was not the best according to international standards.
?We need a policy decision to avoid multiple identity cards so that one card will serve as your voter ID, Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) card, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), driving license etc,? he said.
Iroko emphasized the phenomenon of multiplicity of identity cards in the country could be attributed to the fact that most of the institutions existed before the NIA was established.
The NIA official called for a policy that would enable the NIA to clearly undertake its statutory function as the identity management authority in Ghana.
He observed, ?We have sent proposals on the amendment of our current law to give us full authority to be the only institution to take the bio data of all Ghanaians and foreigners permanently resident in this country.?
The Electoral Commission, the SSNIT, the NHIS and other institutions are currently undertaking the biometric registration of their clients for purposes of identification and verification.
The NIA was set up in 2003 under the Office of the President with the mandate to issue national identity cards and manage the country?s national identification system.
This resulted in the passing of the National Identification Authority Act, 2006 (Act 707) to give it the necessary legal premises on which to operate.
The National Identity Register Act, 2008 (Act 750) was also passed to give authorization for collection of personal and biometric data and to ensure the protection of privacy and personal information of enrollees.

Source: Francis Tandoh and Roger Agana

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