The National Identification Authority (NIA) has denied any wrongdoing in the issuance of a Ghana Card bearing Kwabena Adu Gyamfi’s name.
A statement issued by the NIA explained that
the registration officials are bound to register and issue a Ghana Card to an applicant who presents any of the valid documents specified by law including a birth certificate, valid passport, valid residence permit, valid certificate of acquired citizenship; and any other information as may be required by the Authority.
“A person’s popularity is immaterial to the NIA registration process. Indeed, a popular name is not necessarily a person’s real name. NIA officials register applicants based on the names the applicants present to the officials, as captured in any of the above-specified identity documents, such as their birth certificates or passports.”
The statement is in response to allegations made by North Tongu Member of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.
The MP had challenged the NIA to respond to reasons why the man of God arrived at their registration centre as Rev. Victor Kusi Boateng but was mysteriously issued a Ghana Card bearing the name Kwabena Adu Gyamfi.
But the NIAhas drnued any wrong doing.
It explained as follows;
a. During the mass registration exercise, Kwabena Adu Gyamfi went to an NIA registration center called Vicandy School at Asuoyeboah in Kumasi on 15th January 2020 to register for the Ghana Card;
b. He submitted to NIA registration officials a valid Ghanaian passport issued by the Passport Office on 16th May 2018, with the name Kwabena Adu Gyamfi; the expiry date in the said passport is 15th May 2023;
c. NIA registration officials registered Kwabena Adu Gyamfi using his valid passport as the base identity document for his registration, and duly issued him with a Ghana Card;
d. NIA has no record of anyone bearing the name Victor Kusi Boateng in the NIR; and
e. NIA has no record in the NIR of any person born on 7th September 1971 or any other day with the name Victor Kusi Boateng.
It said the “credibility of the exercise cannot be questioned simply because Hon. Ablakwa is apparently unable to accept the science and law behind the issuance of a Ghana Card to Kwabena Adu Gyamfi.”