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The Ghana card saga: Three (3) important things many Ghanaians didn’t know about the Ghana Card?

Currently in Ghana, the National Identification Card (the Ghana Card), by the National Identification Authority (NIA), has been the trending topic. It is also the topic for discussions currently going in almost every home in Ghana. 

The Ghana Card is a national identity card issued to Ghanaian citizens, resident, non-resident, and legally and permanently resident foreign nationals in the country. It is proof of identity, citizenship, and residence of the holder. 

Are you part of the section of Ghanaians, who feels the Nana Addo/Bawumia’s government has some hidden motives behind forcing every Ghanaian to register for the Ghana card? If no then good for you…but if yes, here are some tips or you.

In May 2021, Madam Ursula Owusu (Minister of Communications) announced that, all SIM cards and SIM enabled devices must be re-registered, and that every unregistered SIMs would be blocked after the duration. The registrations started from October 1, and is expected to end in March 2022. 

Again on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, the Controller and Accountant General‘s Department (CAGD) also announces, that all government workers without Ghana Cards would not be paid (No Ghana card no pay’ policy), with effect from December 1, 2021.

According to the CAGD, the exercise is a collaborating effort between the Controller and Accountant General‘s Department, and the National Identification Authority (NIA); to harmonized database, to facilitate biometric and unique identification, of all workers on the government payroll. The CAGD warned that, workers on government payroll without National Identification Authority (NIA) numbers, would not be paid salary; effect from December 1, 2021.

 Though the Controller and Accountant General‘s Department (CAGD), has re-considered its decision, and suspended the ‘no Ghana card no pay’ policy, the augments are still ongoing, and the ordinary Ghanaians keep wondering…why all these songs about the Ghana card? What is it about the Ghana card, and why is the government forcing it on Ghanaians? 

Most Ghanaians are aware, that the National Identification Card (the Ghana Card), is current being use as the only ID card for the re-registration of SIM Cards; they also know, that it will be use in the future for salary payments by the Controller and Accountant General‘s Department (CAGD).

Three (3) things most Ghanaians didn’t know is that, the Ghana card is not only for the ‘no Ghana card no salary policy’, and the voter card replacement, but will also will replace all ID cards in the country.

Another future use of the Ghana card will be for the acquisition of passports. Any time a Ghana Card holder applies for a passport, their personal identification number (PIN) would be captured on the passport. Their personal information is therefore crosschecked with the data in the National Identification System. 

So very soon, Ghanaians without Ghana card may not be able to acquire a passport, because all the vital information needed about a passport applicant will be captured on the Ghana card.

Again, most Ghanaian might not know; that the Ghana card may be use for future elections in Ghana. This was revealed by Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in January 2020. According to him, the Ghana Card would soon erase all arguments about the use of voters’ register for elections in the country. 

Vice president Bawumia, again revealed that, the card would automatically replace the voters’ ID since the Electoral Commission (EC) would extract details of all those who have turned eighteen and above. 

In case you never heard…the National Identification card has more to do in Ghana, than what we already know.

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