Minority boycotts Ghana Card registration exercise for Parliament

Minority boycotts Ghana Card registration exercise for Parliament

- Minority in Parliament has announced a boycott of the registration of MPs for their national ID cards

- Presidential staffers at the Jubilee House have successfully registered and received their cards

The Minority in Parliament has announced plans to boycott the Ghana Card registration exercise for Members of Parliament (MPs).

They cited legal, procurement and cost concerns as the reasons for their boycott of the registration exercise.

A statement released by the Minority of Sunday, June 10, 2018, said the National Identification Authority (NIA) has not engaged MPs enough on the nitty-gritties of the Ghana Card registration.

Minority boycotts Ghana Card registration exercise for Parliament

Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA) Professor Ken Attafuah. Source: Google images

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According to them, “significant questions remain about the cost, scope and legality of the project as well as registration requirements.

Furthermore, we remain opposed to the restriction of identification requirements for registration to Passports and Birth Certificates. Our analysis show that this will prevent about 23 million Ghanaians from obtaining the Ghana Card and deprive them of any benefit thereof,” the statement, signed by Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, added.

The NIA announced last week it was finally ready to roll out a registration program starting with the Presidency.

The registration exercise started with Presidential staffers at the Jubilee House, who were successfully registered and received their cards.

Parliament, the Judiciary Service and security agencies are the NIA's next stops as it prepares for a nationwide takeoff.

However, a day before Parliamentarians were set to be registered for the ID cards, the Minority has opted to pull out of the exercise.

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Read the full statement from the Minority below:

PRESS STATEMENT BY MINORITY IN PARLIAMENT ON REGISTRATION OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT UNDER NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION SCHEME

For immediate Release
The Minority Caucus in Parliament has taken note of an announcement that the National Identification Authority(NIA), will be carrying out a registration exercise in Parliament tomorrow, Monday,11th June,2018.
We find this development very surprising for a number of reasons.
First, it was our understanding that the National Identification Authority, would engage Members of Parliament in a meeting to clarify a number of issues relating to the roll out of the exercise. This meeting was duly advertised in the Business Statement at least twice only to be postponed again this time indefinitely when the Business Statement was read by the Majority Chief Whip, Hon. Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh last Friday the 8th of June, 2018. We still have no indication when this crucial meeting will be held.
Second, significant questions remain about the cost, scope and legality of the project as well as registration requirements.
With regards to the cost of the project, the leadership of the NIA, has been less than candid with the people of Ghana. Whereas documents available to us show that the total project cost is $ 1.4 billion which can be broken down into $1,221,476,123 actual cost and tax exemption of $ 176 million, the Chief Executive Officer of the NIA, Prof Ken Attafuah, is on record as saying it will cost $ 293 million.
We are also aware that despite the provision of Government support by the Akufo Addo government in respect of revenue projections for the project, this has not been brought to Parliament for approval in accordance with Ghanaian Law.
Furthermore, we remain opposed to the restriction of identification requirements for registration to Passports and Birth Certificates. Our analysis show that this will prevent about 23 million Ghanaians from obtaining the Ghana Card and deprive them of any benefit thereof.
We also have grave concerns about potential breaches of Procurement laws and processes.
In view of the foregoing, we are unbale to participate in the registration exercise slated for tomorrow at Parliament house. Subsequent to this statement, we will hold a comprehensive press conference on Tuesday,12th June,2018 to shed more light on our position and matters arising out of the National Identification project.
SIGNED
HON HARUNA IDDRISU
MINORITY LEADER AND MP FOR TAMALE SOUTH
SUNDAY,10TH JUNE,2018
ACCRA

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