The National Identification Authority (NIA) has made it clear that not everyone will be able to complete their applications by Friday, September 30. This includes those who are seeking new cards, fixing faults on existing ones, or even requesting replacements due to loss or damage.
On TV3’s Ghana, Executive Secretary of the Authority Professor Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah said His organization was founded in perpetuity rather than to meet deadlines, as of tonight, Monday, August 1.
The primary document for the most recent re-registration of subscriber identity module (SIM) cards is the national identity cards, also known as Ghana Cards.
Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications and Digitalization, extended the deadline for many people to reregister their SIM cards.
In a press conference on Sunday, Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful stated that she had to “reluctantly” extend the deadline once more.
“Upon consultation with the industry and in view of the challenges enumerated above, I have very reluctantly decided to grant a final conditional extension.”
Reluctantly, Ursula extends the SIM re-registration deadline.
With this most recent choice, the exercise, which began on Friday, October 1, will have been ongoing for exactly one year, according to her.
“The programme will be extended to 30th September to end on the anniversary of its commencement. That will give us one full year of SIM registration.”
Pressure is put on the NIA to get applicants captured for their cards because the Ghana Card is the one registration document that is most frequently requested.
However, according to Prof. Attafuah, the Authority was established to give Ghanaians the luxury of time to obtain their cards.
“NIA was not set up with a specific deadline,” he stressed.
“NIA is an organisation set up in perpetuity. What that means is that we are to deliver our mandate pretty much the same like the hospital or a maternity ward that people go there as and when they need to.”
According to him, the statute that established the NIA obliged it to perform a mass registration within a year and give non-citizens and Ghanaians who turn 15 the opportunity to register.
“That is the scheme prescribed by law and that is the scheme we are implementing and we are doing so in perpetuity. There is no timeline and the intendment of the law is that people will go to the NIA at their leisure and pleasure to go and get registered and those people will be those who were not captured during registration.”
However, Prof Attafuah expressed optimism that many of the remaining 800,000 Ghanaians will receive their SIM re-registration cards prior to the revised deadline.
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