Vice President of Policy Think Tank IMANI Africa, Bright Simons has said the National Identification Authority’s requirement of a digital address for the registration and issuance of the Ghana Card appeared not to have been thought through properly.
The researcher believes that the NIA may not have taken into account the country’s housing dynamics before making the digital address a requirement for the registration and issuance of the Ghana card.
In a Facebook post on Saturday, he indicated that more than the 120,000 homeless Ghanaians living in Accra alone would be denied the issuance of the card on the basis of the NIA’s digital address requirement.
“There are ~120000 homeless people in Accra alone. And an estimated 5.4 million slum dwellers in Ghana. Most of these people have “no fixed address.” How do you then tie a national ID system to an untested “digital address”? Do these decision makers understand their own country?,” Bright Simons quizzed.
The NIA last week turned away many people who showed up at the various registration centers at Adenta to register and receive their national ID cards, but were without their digital addresses.
A private legal practitioner, Francis Kojo Kwarteng Arthur last week sued the NIA over the digital ID requirement, contending that the requirement is illegal and must be scrapped from the list of requirements.
The NIA was earlier caught in the controversy over the birth certificate requirement for the issuance of the Ghana Card, but after several complaints from Ghanaians including the minority in parliament, the NIA announced that the birth certificate was no longer a requirement.