Dr. Nduom Hails NPP’s Step To Start National ID Project

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, a broad consultative meeting chaired by the Vice President, Alhaji Dr Mahamudu Bawumia was held to begin the process of implementing a comprehensive national identification project to build a database of Ghanaians and other nationals resident in Ghana.

The National Identification project is expected to be completed within the first year of the NPP administration, in fulfilment of a manifesto pledge to complete the registration of all residents in Ghana under the National Identification Scheme, thereby establishing an integrated Data Warehouse of databases from key public institutions, using the National Identification System as the unique identifier for data items, and automating the processes involved in accessing public services at both national and local government offices.

The move has been hailed by the founder and leader of the Progressive People’s Party, Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom. According to Dr. Nduom, the new administrations intent to build a database for Ghanaians is a good beginning and must be done.

Statement below

THIS IS A GOOD BEGINNING - LET'S GET IT DONE

Media reports have it that the National Identification Project has been given a push with a broad consultative meeting chaired by the Vice President Alhaji Bawumia.

According to one report, "...all the major stakeholders, including the Births and Deaths Registry (BDR), National Identification Authority (NIA), Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Ghana Revenue Authority and National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) underscored the need to have a single national database to aid policy planning and implementation."

This must be seen as a matter of national interest without partisan colouration. My party, the PPP believes in this project. I have advocated for it for more than two decades. Others have also argued for it. We must all continue to encourage those charged with the responsibility to bring the project to a successful end to get it done with a high sense of urgency.

Ghana will be a better, more disciplined country when the project is completed successfully.

Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom