The New Patriotic Party government, led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, has taken a step in officially beginning the National Identification project.
In a consultative meeting chaired by Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017, all state institutions involved in the project echoed the necessity for a single national databse to aid policy planning and implementation.
Of the stakeholders present was the Births and Deaths Registry (BDR), National Identification Authority (NIA), Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Ghana Revenue Authority and National Development Planning Commission (NDPC).
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Also present were representatives from the Ministry of Finance, Minister designate for Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Electoral Commission (EC), Driver Vehicle and Licence Authority (DVLA), Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems Limited (GHIPSS) and industry experts.
According to the New Patriotic Party's manifesto pledges, the National Identification project is expected to be complete with in the administration's first year. This, according to the NPP, will establish an integrated central database warehouse of databases from key public institutions.
The NPP government is of the opinion that this will help formalize the Ghanaian economy through the establishment of a national database, with the National Identification as the primary identifier.
Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia noted that there has been too much talk around the issue of national ID cards but very little effective action or results even though $50 million has been spent on the project since 2009.
According to the NPP, a single national ID system would issue drivers licenses and passports linked to digital identity registry, eliminate ghost names from the civil service payroll, and reduce cost of maintaining multiple Identity databases, the Vice President stated.
Four Committees – Legal, Technical, Financial and Oversight – have been created to oversee the project.