Before its implementation, the Ghana card was touted as a biometric identity card that would enfranchise all Ghanaians and also aid in providing adequate security for account holders at the various banks against cyber crimes. The digitization campaign has been championed by certain prominent individuals in this administration and it seems it is the panacea to the economic challenges rather than the stabilization of the cedi.
Many were struggling to understand when a top politician indicated that the Ghana card could be used as an e-passport. This generated a lot of arguments on electronic media until the substantive minister came out to clarify. That should have brought the matter to rest.
It is believed that E- cards are processed electronically. Once inserted into a device meant to read biometrics, all details are verified and granted exit or entry. Secondly, it can only assist Ghanaian nationals abroad to return home without a Ghana passport or in case their passports are expired.
In the case of foreigners who had acquired Ghanaian citizenship, attaching a National ID card to their passport will enable them entry into Ghana without a visa.
The deputy foreign affairs and regional reintegration minister Kweku Ampratwum Sarpong has also explained further what the Ghana card is meant for.
In a press briefing together with the High Commissioner of Ghana to the UK, Paapa Owusu Ankomah, the gentleman stated emphatically that the Ghana card isn't a passport accepted for traveling outside. In some countries, where they haven't agreed to that bilateral arrangement, you would not be allowed to pass through by their immigration.
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