By the end of April 2019, the National Identification Authority (NIA) will start the mass issuance of National ID cards.
The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who disclosed this, said 500,000 cards had already been issued.
Speaking at a Town Hall Meeting in Accra Wednesday, Dr. Bawumia described the introduction of the National IDs, called ‘Ghana Card’ as a “game changer.”
He said the introduction of the cards would contribute to the digitisation space of Ghana, noting that the pilot had been carried out at Adentan and Madina, suburbs of Accra.
“We expect the mass issuance to start by April ending,” he stated.
The Ghana ID card has been touted as the all-purpose ID that contains biometric information. The card, according to authorities, will be required for accessing a host of social services, including health, education, pensions, passport services and business registration.
It is also expected to bring an end to the status quo where different bodies have their different databases and issue cards, some of the information contradicting one another.
But since the President launched the cards in September 2017, delays and postponements have stalled their issuance.
Some staff of some public institutions have, however, been registered and issued with the cards.
Speaking on Newsfile on Saturday, Vice-President of policy think-tank IMANI, Kofi Bentil, expressed exasperation at the stalled progress of issuing the cards.
He said if the national ID is completely rolled out, “you may get to a point where you may not even need voters to register at all.”