Sunday, 23 June

NIA: We won't stop 'lawful, proper, necessary, wholly wholesome' Pusiga registration exercise

General News
NIA Boss

The National Identification Authority (NIA) has said it will not stop its “lawful, proper, necessary, and wholly wholesome" Ghana Card registration exercise in the Pusiga District, despite the impugnment of the process by Dr Edward Omane Boamah, the Director of Elections and IT for NDC, who, in a Facebook post, claimed the exercise was politically motivated.

According to him, the NIA’s purpose was “simply to aid illegal voters in the last lap of the voter registration process.”

But the NIA, in a statement on Wednesday, May 22, refuted these claims, emphasising its focus on ensuring accurate identification for vulnerable Ghanaian populations, especially those living near the Ghana-Burkina Faso border.

It said that the goal is to facilitate easy border crossings, grant access to public services, and enhance security within the border area.

The NIA reaffirmed its commitment to registering all Ghanaians at home and abroad, issuing them Ghana Cards to advance economic, social, and political development. 

This mission, it noted, extends beyond the NIA alone; it involves collaboration with other entities as prescribed by law.

“For the avoidance of doubt, NIA will continue to carry out its mandate of registering Ghanaians in Pusiga and environs aimed at expanding access to the Ghana Card and thereby improving identification and border security in that part of Ghana,” it added.