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NIA storms parliament to register legislators despite threats of boycott by Minority

Written by  Jun 12, 2018
The registration and issuance of Ghana card for the legislative house has started today [Tuesday]. Despite threats by the Minority to boycott the exercise, the registration has commenced with some members of the house ready to go through the process. The Minority has raised concerns over the criteria being used by the National Identification Authority (NIA) for the registration. In a statement, a Minority leader and Tamale South MP said the National Identification Authority (NIA) has not been honest with the Ghanaian people over the cost of the project with two figures - $1.4billion and $293 million, - according to reports. Member of Parliament for kumbugu Ras Mubarak says concerns raised my minority have not been addressed. According to him this exercise was initiated by the NDC government in 2009 with the purpose of registering all Ghanaians; however the difference is they couldn't give the cards out as it was supposed to be. The registration exercise is a key government initiative to collect data for economic planning purposes and also to formalise the economy. Presidential staffers at the Jubilee House sucessfully registered and received their cards. Parliament, the Judiciary Service and security agencies are the NIA's next stops as it prepares for a nationwide takeoff. Portions of the statement by the Minority read: ‘’ Furthermore, we remain opposed to the restriction of identification requirements for registration to Passports and Birth Certificates. Our analysis show that this will prevent about 23 million Ghanaians from obtaining the Ghana Card and deprive them of any benefit thereof. We also have grave concerns about potential breaches of Procurement laws and processes. In view of the foregoing, we are unbale to participate in the registration exercise slated for tomorrow at Parliament house. Subsequent to this statement, we will hold a comprehensive press conference on Tuesday,12th June,2018 to shed more light on our position and matters arising out of the National Identification project.’’
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