The National Identification Authority (NIA) effective 1st June 2021, will commence work at 17 Regional and 275 district offices across the country to register Ghanaians for Ghana Card, the Identification Authority announced Monday.
NIA in a blog post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh said the decentralization initiative will increase access to the Ghana Card, other related registration activities and the NIA’s visibility throughout the nation
“This is in line with NIA’s statutory mandate to register and issue National Identity cards (Ghana Cards) to all Ghanaians from age zero to infinity, as well as foreign nationals lawfully resident in Ghana,” it stated.
To ensure a smooth roll-out of the decentralization process, NIA will use the following plans:
a. 1st – 6th June – Setting up, public sensitization and engagements with community leaders on the operation of the Regional and District offices;
b. 7th June onwards – Issuance of Ghana Cards to Ghanaians who registered during the mass registration exercise but could not get their cards;
c. 7th -18th June-Continuation of public education and sensitization across the regions and districts;
d. 5th July onwards:
i. Registering of Ghanaians aged 15 years and above for the Ghana Card;
ii. Replacement of lost, stolen, and damaged Ghana Cards; and
iii. Update of personal information of applicants in the National Identity Register (NIR).
According to the Authority, it will in due course communicate the timelines for the registration of Ghanaians under 15 years to members of the general public.
The regional and district offices it said will operate within the usual business hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.