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Ghana card issuance and registration commencing date

Abdul Ganiyu, the head of corporate Affairs at the National Identification Authority(NIA) has made it clear that the Ghana Card registration will begin on 17th November,2021.

Issuance of backlog of cards for persons who have already registered will also begin from 8 to16, 2021.

Abdul Ginayu also stated that he and his team are going to start issuing the card from 8th of November, 2021 to 16th of the the month.Registration of new cards commence the next day after issuance is over.

"So persons who hasn't registered at all are to take notice the commencing date 17th November,2021 and we will be present till we leave the region and districts" he added.

Mr. Abudu Abdul Ganiyu was speaking on .the AM Show on Joy News on Monday. He indicated that persons who have lost their cards can also request for replacement when the process begins.

“Now we have this category of people who have lost their cards, their cards are damaged, they want to do replacement. So replacement of cards will start on the 29th of November and whiles doing replacement, we will also do update for people with wrong spelling, they want to add names to their present names and so on and so forth,” he told host Israel Laryea.

The Authority had earlier announced that it will open its 291 regional and district offices on November 3, 2021 but this did not take place as scheduled.

Mr. Abdul-Ganiyu explained that the delay in opening the offices, is due to the need for more stakeholder engagement.

“We opened the offices on the 3rd of November, so up to the 5th of November, we decided that for newly recruited staff who had to go stay at the regions and districts, most of whom are going to the villages and towns for the first time, it would be necessary for us to do some more stakeholder engagement and sensitization, so that took place from the 3rd to the 5th November,” he explained.

He added that “the last bit is the registration of Ghanaians who are below 15 years, so we’ll work out all the modalities and measures that needs to be put in place and we would issue another release to that effect when we are ready.”

Currently, about 17 million Ghanaians have successfully registered with five million others yet to receive their cards.

According to Vice President Bawumia, by the end of the first quarter of 2022, the Ghana card will be recognized as an electronic passport globally and will allow for easy identification of travelers across the world, especially in the West African sub-region.

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