The National Identification card is gradually becoming a compulsory requirement for Ghanaian citizens. Now, authorities are planning to make the Ghana card the only mode of identification at all fields in the country. Just recently, the Controller and Accountants General Department issued a directive to all workers who receive salaries through their office to get their Ghana cards or risk losing their monthly payments.
The situation has gotten some offices of the National Identification Authority busy with Ghanaians who do not have the cards rushing there to secure get registered. A woman is currently angry after all attempts to get her card from the premises of the Mateheko Branch of the Ghana Revenue Authority in the Greater Accra Region failed. She was at the center as early as 1 am to secure a position in the long queue. When registration officers finally came to work in the morning, they started having challenges including inadequate machines and personnel. This delayed the process and the long queue kept being stagnant for many hours.
This got applicants angry and a woman who is in her fifties could no longer hold her cool. Even before the biometric registration, data is prepared on paper containing the personal information of the applicant. The woman was still having hers intact and out of anger, she fearlessly tore the document into pieces. She was no longer interested in the Ghana card and was not scared that she could be arrested for destroying the public document.
She was not scared of being arrested because the frustration she had gone through was enough to quit. She was ready for every consequence and that made her tear the NIA vital document into pieces. What the woman did is against the laws and could have been arrested, but this should also send a signal to the National Identification Authority to improve on their work.
The complaints of inadequate personnel and machine break down have been hanging on their necks for many years and it is about time they improve on their services if they want every Ghanaian citizen to secure a Ghana card. If this woman had been registered on time, these problems of the woman tearing the document would not have happened.
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