The National Identification Authority (NIA) has suspended the roll-out of its limited registration exercise, which should have started on Monday, 28th May, 2018 over what its Executive Director, Professor Ken Attafuah, describes as a “pure technical glitch”.
An apology statement was issued by the NIA to personnel of the Jubilee House, Judicial Service, Ministry of Defence, National Security, Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), MOFARI (Research Dept), Ghana Police Service, Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana Prisons Service, and Ghana National Fire Service, who had readied themselves for the process on Monday.
According to the NIA, the “registration was suspended until the problem is completely resolved.”
The statement did not give any timelines as to when the problem could be resolved. However, it said NIA’s technical team is “working fervently to resolve the issue for registration to begin”.
“I sincerely apologise, this is just a pure technical glitch that has happened on the worse day that you could wish for a technical glitch to happen in your operations,” Professor Attafuah told GBC radio.
The Ghana Cards will cost a total of $1.2 billion. The government of Ghana is contributing $531 million of that amount. The remaining $678 million is coming from Identity Management System (IMS), which is partnering the NIA under a public/private partnership (PPP) agreement.