Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam Nartey George has today commended the work of the minister for communication honorable Ursula Owusu for her new initiative to lessen and ease communication for people living in Nkwadum in the Sefwi Akontonbra constituency. He beautifully wrote this on his official Facebook wall: So I am excited that we are finally seeing the commissioning of some of these rural telephony sites.
Director of Elections for the Electoral Commission, Dr. Serebuo Quaicuo, has announced the full operations of the National Identification Authority in the Districts and Municipals across the nation. According to him, the massive inconveniences at the regional offices in providing the Ghana Card for Ghanaians have necessitated the need for the expansion of the Authority’s operations at the district and municipal levels.
The national identification authority (NIA) as part of its rules governing the possession of the Ghana card, provides room for update of personal records that was provided during the registration. The National identification Authority noted that failure to notify the institution of change in personal records such as residents are punishable by law.
The general secretary for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah has dropped another tough message to Electoral Commission ahead of the 2024 general election. According to Asiedu, there is no way the opposition party (NDC) will allow EC to set that policy that Ghana Card will be the ID Ghanaians will use to vote.
The member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram constituency, Honorable Sam Nartey was in the studios of TV3 Ghana this morning to give a simple message to Ursula Owusu. According to Sam George, what the Ministry of Communications which is lead by Ursula Owusu is trying to do to Ghanaians is very wrong.
Article 42 of the 1992 constitution says that "every citizen of Ghana of eighteen years of age or above and of Sound mind has the right to vote and is entitled to be registered as a voter for the purpose of public elections and referenda." In reference to the above, it is clear that any citizen who is of Sound mind and is up to 18 years should be registered as a voter.
Readers can recall how the calls for all citizens to register on the Ghana card started as far back as 2018. It is important to note that the government seeks to use the Ghana Card as the sole identity of citizens and the government has continually campaigned for this cause.
Former Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah following the ongoing SIM Card re-registration and many people queuing to get their Ghana Cards has tackle the NPP government with questions. In a post shared on his official Facebook page on Wednesday, 3rd August 2022, he wrote;
The national democratic Congress, legislature for the people of North Tongu, Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa, has assured the good people of Ghana whose Ghana cards are yet to be connected to the sim card that everybody's "phones will be disconnected together." Mr. Okudzeto stressed that most Ghanaians have genuine reasons for which reason why we are not able to get the Ghana card connected to the same cards.
As part of government’s measure to improve digitalization in the country is the introduction of the all new smart Ghana card which has all necessary details of the holder incorporated in it and can be retrieved electronically. All Ghanaians are mandated to effect an update of their pre exist SIM cards or make registrations with newly acquired SIM cards with the Ghana card as well as other accounts.
Ursula Owusu has remained one of the most hardworking ministers in the country. Her humour,humility and straightforwardness makes her a super woman. On Captain Smart Onua Maakye's morning show , Captain Smart mentioned that the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation was right when she said that the Ghana card was not within her domain.
Readers would admit that there is an ongoing public debate on several issues surrounding the Ghana card. The Ghana Card has remained a topical issue for many days. On Saturday, 6th August 2022, the Corporate Affairs Director of the National Identification Authority, Abudu Ganiyu Abdul provided some statistics on the status of the Ghana card registration.
The Minister of Communications and Digitization, Honourable Ursula Owusu- Ekufu has asked Ghanaians to desist from blaming her for challenges they encounter in their acquisition of the Ghana Card. The Ablekuma legislator stated that her ministry, though work closely with the National Identification Authority, does not supervise its ( the NIA) activities hence it will be inappropriate for her to be blamed for the difficulties some Ghanaians go through to acquire the Ghana Card.
The national democratic Congress legislature for North Tongu, Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa, has questioned the agenda behind the strict deadline on 31st July, 2022, for the deactivation of sim cards that are not yet connected with the Ghana card. Mr Ablakwa express worry over the availability of the national identification authority cards in the Greater Accra region whiles other regions are not having the cards printed for the citizenry and wonder the agenda behind it.
Dr. Ing. Kenneth Ashigbey, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, feels that the September 30, 2022 deadline for SIM re-registration will be enough if the government "takes some serious steps." Speaking on the Point of View, Mr. Kenneth said “the total number of Ghanaians who are yet to receive their Ghana cards is about 2.97 million, and then we have some 808,000 who had not received their cards as at the last time I collected data.
The Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, honourable Samuel Nartey George wants to know what the Ministry of Communication and digitalization, for that matter Madam Ursula Owusu Ekuful want the people to do if they (Ministry) block their SIM cards? According to him, most Ghanaians do businesses with their SIM cards to earn a living, and therefore will go through hardship if their SIM cards are deactivated on the ssid deadline for the SIM cards registration if they don't do that.
On the stockpile of Ghana Cards which have not been collected: NIA, why repeat the mistake of the past? What was the exact contract given to the vendor that is issuing the Ghana Cards? Was the contract to repeat the past mistakes? The John Dramani Mahama administration was determined not to repeat past mistakes of uncollected Ghana Cards.
Recently got to the attention of Ghanaians after which our very own Ursula Owusu the minister of communications has recently shown her remarks. Speaking on the matter of the sim registration she enlightened Ghanaians on how far they've gone through with the sim registration. The NIA has not been able to issue all eligible persons with the Ghana Card.
One of the members of the major opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has said that, disconnecting SIM cards of about 15 million Ghanaians willl destabilise the country. According to Mr Akoto's twitter post, the National Identification Authority (NIA), has printed 16 million cards so far and some are yet to be printed.
Many Ghanaians were troubled as today 31st July, 2022 was scheduled as the closing date of SIM re-registeration. With this information, Ghanaian who don't have the Ghana Card were queued in numbers at the registration centers to get their card. Some also queued in numbers at the variously Telecon centres to get their SIM registered.