The Ghanacard registration program is set to commence today, May 28, 2018 after multiple postponements.

The project is one of government’s initiatives being undertaken to formalise the economy.

According to the National Identification Authority(NIA), former heads of state, journalists and security officials will be the first to be issued cards.

After which it will be opened to the general  public.

According to the, CEO of the National Identification Authority, Professor Ken Attafuah some of their technicians and registration officials will be at the Flagstaff House.

Whereas others will be at Parliament House, the judicial house premises, and at the security sector institutions for the  registering.

“The strategy is to be in the Greater Accra Region for about two to three months registering every Ghanaian and they we go onto the Volta Region, Northern Region, Upper East, Upper West, Brong Ahafo, Western Region, Ashanti Region, Eastern Region and then we end with the Central Region,” he said.

The National Identification Authority has recruited and trained 2,700 commissioners of oath to operate alongside the staff of the NIA during the registration for the Ghana Card.

The exercise is expected to cost $1.2 billion over 15 years.

Government is contributing $531 million of the cost, while Identity Management System (IMS), which is partnering the NIA under a public/private partnership (PPP) agreement, will provide $678 million for the exercise.

However, documents such as driving licences, National Health Insurance cards, baptismal certificates and voters identity cards are no longer tenable as sources of identification for the Ghana Card.

Only birth certificates and passports will be used as identification for the acquisition of the card.

Report by: Stephanie Horsu