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Bright Simons Ghana Card artwork post is completely unnecessary and only half-truth - NIA

The National Identification Authority (NIA) has condemned a Facebook post on the artwork of the Ghana Card by Bright Simons, Vice President of IMANI Ghana.

The NIA claims that "the controversy over the Ghana Card artwork generated by the said post is entirely unnecessary and distracting."

"How many people are aware that the Ghana Card brand design was not even owned by Ghana until recently?" That it was owned by a French corporation and that the country had to pay for it? Be thankful when civil society scrutinizes your government. "There is a war for your country's soul," Bright Simon wrote on August 11, 2022.

However, the NIA stated in a statement dated August 17, 2022, and signed by the Acting Head of Corporate Affairs, Dr Abudu Abdul-Ganiyu, that "the post should be regarded as a mix of half-truth, insinuation, self-praise, and alarmism" and should be ignored by the public.

According to the NIA, the artwork for the Ghana Card was created by SAGEM MORPHO (now IDEMIA), a French company that won the contract to produce the first generation of Ghana Cards in 2008.

"The artwork used for the Ghana Cards issued under the Foreigner Identification Management System (FIMS) to qualified foreigners lawfully resident in Ghana and the current generation of Ghanaians is the same."

"Under the contract, SAGEM designed, built, and supplied to the Government of Ghana a technical platform for the Ghana Card to be operated by NIA."

"As part of the contract, SAGEM agreed to produce artwork solely for the Republic of Ghana's use." SAGEM always held the artwork for and on behalf of the Government of Ghana, and it could not sell or otherwise transfer it to any person or entity.

The artwork had to be designed by a facility that was certified to produce the high-level security artwork required (the same certification level needed for the design and production of currency). As a result of changes in corporate ownership, IDEMIA became the successor to SAGEM in 2017.

The artwork had to be created by a facility that was certified to create the high-level security artwork required (the same certification level needed for the design and production of currency). By 2017, as a result of changes in corporate ownership, IDEMIA had succeeded SAGEM and had acquired the rights to the Ghana card artwork, "the company explained."

As a result, the NIA purchased the artwork from IDEMIA, Sagem MORPHO's successor, which could not have been used for any other purpose.

It emphasized that NIA purchased the artwork in order to have sovereign control over it, multi-nationalize it with the ECOWAS Card, and have IMS II evolve it in Ghana's best interests.

The artwork had to be created by a facility that was certified to create the high-level security artwork required (the same certification level needed for the design and production of currency). By 2017, as a result of changes in corporate ownership, IDEMIA had succeeded SAGEM and had acquired the rights to the Ghana card artwork, "the company explained."

As a result, the NIA purchased the artwork from IDEMIA, Sagem MORPHO's successor, which could not have been used for any other purpose.

It emphasized that NIA purchased the artwork in order to have sovereign control over it, multi-nationalize it with the ECOWAS Card, and have IMS II evolve it in Ghana's best interests.

The full statement is provided below.

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