Prof. Kenneth Attafuah is Executive Director of the NIA
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The National Identification Authority (NIA) has affirmed the legitimacy and necessity of the ongoing Ghana Card registration exercise in the Pusiga District, describing it as “lawful, proper, necessary, and wholly wholesome.”

Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, the Director of Elections and IT for the National Democratic Congress (NDC), had alleged in a Facebook post that the registration was politically motivated and disguised as a collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

He claimed the NIA’s true intention was to facilitate illegal voting in the final phase of the voter registration process.

In response, the NIA issued a statement on Wednesday, May 22, refuting these accusations. The authority emphasized that its primary goal is to ensure accurate identification for vulnerable populations, particularly those residing near the Ghana-Burkina Faso border.

The initiative aims to ease border crossings, improve access to public services, and enhance security in the border region.

The NIA reiterated its commitment to registering all Ghanaians, both domestically and abroad, and issuing them Ghana Cards to support economic, social, and political development. This mission, the NIA noted, involves collaboration with various 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,” the statement concluded.

Read full statement here.

By Daakyehene Nana Yaw Asante