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Gabby descends on NIA boss over $1.2bn contract

Gabby Otchere Darko is becoming impatient over accusations hurled at the governing NPP over the National Identification Authority, NIA.

The die-in-the wool NPP member has finally vented his frustration, questioning why the NIA is tightlipped on the contract which has attracted a lot of criticism from a section of the public.

The journalist cum lawyer argued that it is utterly unfair for the public to be attacking government over a contract that was initiated by the opposition NDC.

“You are being bashed left, right and centre over a $1.2bn contract for the ID cards. My reliable information is that the NPP inherited an NDC contract which lawyers advised that, to get out of it would lead to judgment debt. So, the contract was renegotiated and significantly improved.

“What is stopping the NIA from putting out these facts! It gets so annoying. You cannot be incompetent in stating your case when you have a good case. I’m getting really frustrated!” he angrily said.

Ghana’s national identification card, the Ghana Card, being spearheaded by the National Identification Authority (NIA) is expected to cost the country 1.22 billion dollars in the next 15 years.

Registration and issuance of national ID cards to Ghanaians by the Authority was scheduled to begin from May 28 at the Jubilee House in Accra.

But the said date for the exercise which was to begin at 7:00am at some key state agencies and institutions like Jubilee House, Parliament, Judicial Service and the various security bodies experienced a technical hitch , hence resulting in the rescheduling of the exercise to the first week in June.

Background

The Ghana Card project, which seeks to modernize and formalize the Ghanaian economy, was one of the campaign promises of the New Patriotic Party.

Government has said it will in the establishment of a credible national database and serve as the primary ID card that citizens will use to access all services in the country, including even travelling within the West African sub-region.

When fully implemented the Ghana Card will be the only valid ID for application for a bank account, passport, telephone number, property acquisition, driver’s license and many more.

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