NIA Defends $115m Loan For New SMART CARD (AUDIO)

The Public Affairs Director of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Bertha Dzeble, has defended the decision by the Authority to embark on a new mass registration exercise in order to issue new national identity cards to Ghanaians. The National Identification Authority (NIA) has decided to undertake a fresh registration of all Ghanaians under an “expanded registration project”. The decision by the governing board of the NIA comes six years after the authority began a mass registration exercise, completing it in seven regions and parts of the three northern regions; and card distribution exercises in parts of the Greater Accra Region. So far, Ghana has spent about GH¢21,621,075 on the mass registration and card distribution exercises. Contrary to the claim that the authority had wasted the GH¢21,621,075 in the previous exercise, Madam Dzeble said the data captured during that time will still be used to update the new card. “The money is not gone to waste… we used the money for the mass registration exercise and for data capturing and once we are going to use that data, the money used has not gone to waste… It is going to be instant… we have the technology available to issue the smart card instantly. All those who have registered previously, will have their data loaded unto the new system and so when you come for the new registration, any additional information given, will be added” she remarked. To get more explanation, click the audio above to listen to the interview between Madam Dzeble and Kwami Sefa Kayi on ‘Kokrokoo’.