Member of Parliament MP for Tamale South Constituency, Haruna Iddrisu has expressed displeasure over manner Ghanaians are subjected to in the process to acquire Ghana card at the National Identification Authority (NIA) centre in Tamale.
Lawyer Haruna Iddrisu who doubles as minority leader of parliament spoke about the process when he visited the centre to ascertain for for himself the ordeal Ghanaians go through to register for the card.
“Why must people be subjected to these kind of stress and humiliation just to access a public good of a Ghana card?”, he quizzed.
“Some of these hordes of people you are seeing this morning have been around the NIA registration since last night, and yet do not have the assurance of acquiring the ID card by close of the day. The people deserve better”, the MP stated.
There have been reports of difficulties Ghanaians go through to register for the Ghana card at the disignated places, with people saying the worst of the process is at the Tamale NIA centre.
This led to NIA creating additional National Identification Card (Ghana card) registration centres following a rather disturbing report by Ghanaian Times on the long queues and inconveniences that rocked the exercise.
The new centres which include the Accra Sport Stadium, El-Wak Sports Stadium, Kumasi Sports Stadium, Ghana National Fire Service regional office in Cape Coast and in Tamale at Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium.
A statement issued by NIA Head of Communication, Abudu Abdul-Ganiyu, on Friday said the new centres would operate alongside NIA’s 276 districts and 16 regional offices, as well as the premium registration centre at its Headquarters.
The statement further said persons who had already registered but had not received their cards should contact their respective district offices to collect them.
“An attempt for double registration is an offence and punishable by law”, it said.
The statement said all applicants were to provide the required documents, either a birth certificate, an original copy of a valid passport or an original valid certificate of acquired citizenship, as well as Ghana Post Digital Address for the registration.
“People without the required documents should come along with a relative who has been registered and issued the Ghana card”, the statement said.
The Ghanaian Times has for weeks reported on the plight of applicants of the Ghana Card, highlighting how the exercise has been defined by long queues and congestion at centres.
The mad rush for the Ghana card has been fuelled by the desire by applicants to beat the March 31, 2022, deadline set for the ongoing Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) re-registration exercise which required the use of the Ghana Card.