Eastern Region’s Ghana card registration not a violation amid COVID-19 scare – NIA Boss
Professor Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah - NIA Boss
The Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Professor Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah has maintained that his outfit did no wrong in refusing to call off the Ghana Card registration exercise in the Eastern Region during the COVID-19 outbreak in the country since it was very careful in adhering to all safety protocols at the time it was still carrying out the mass registration exercise in the Eastern Region.
Early on, the NIA came under intense pressure for going ahead with the registration exercise after many believed it was breaching social distancing rules, hence, the exercise was subsequently called off on March 27, 2020, at a time the country had recorded 132 coronavirus cases, but in responding to some questions in an interview, Professor Attafuah maintained that his outfit did the right thing, regardless of the situation the country was facing as a result of COVID-19.
“The NIA did the right thing and I insist. I absolutely stand by that. All we did was to comply with the directives of the President.”
“The President also said that businesses and other workplaces may continue to operate subject to the observance of social distancing and personal hygiene protocols and that’s exactly what the NIA did.”
Professor Attafuah backed his stance because the social distancing and other safety measures were enforced at all registration centres at the time.
“When the NIA governing board determined that in light of the President’s ban on social gathering and the directives on how to maintain social distancing and hygiene protocols, the mass registration exercise could continue and we put in measures to ensure there will be effective social distancing and personal hygiene,” the NIA boss said.
We’ll resume Ghana card registration in Eastern Region if we receive clearance
However, Professor Attafuah says it will resume the Ghana card registration in the Eastern Region when it receives clearance from its governing board and also conduct a mop-up exercise in the Greater Accra Region for two weeks after the registration exercise in the Eastern Region.
“The management has made recommendations to the governing board. When the governing board directs, we will go back to the Eastern Region and complete the truncated process. When we finish the registration in the Eastern Region, we will come back to Greater Accra and do a mop-up for two weeks. During the period, we shall issue to Ghanaians in Greater Accra, the cards that have not been issued.”