NIA defends 155m for extended registration exercise

The National Identification Authority has been explaining reasons for conducting another national registration exercise expected to commence in the first week of November.

The authority is reported to be seeking a 155 million dollar facility from Exim China to conduct the fresh registration exercise.

This has attracted sharp criticism considering that the authority had not completed the identification process it begun some six years ago.

Analysts had questioned the rationale behind abandoning the earlier exercise which cost the nation over 21 million cedis.

However speaking to Ultimate Radio, public relations officer for the authority, Bertha Dzebley contended the old card system had not been abandoned.

She explained that the authority was only conducting an extended registration exercise which will upgrade the card and inculcate new smart features into the national identification card.

“In fact, we are going to port the data in the existing system into the new system so if your details already exists in the old system, you will only come forward to give additional information for upgrade of your personal information,” she stated.

She added that additional figure prints will for instance be taken to meet the international standards of ten figure prints while additional information requested of institutions will be added.

Mrs. Bertha Dzebley added that the new system forms part of efforts to harmonize all national identification databases for a one stop ID card to be developed in place of the multiple ID card system.

She assured that unlike the previous system, ID cards would be issued instantly at registration centers.

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