15.5 million persons registered for Ghana Card

The National Identification Authority (NIA) has registered 15,549,242 persons for the National Identification Card (Ghana Card).

For this figure, 14,689,672 cards have been printed and 13,848,697 cards issued the registered Ghanaians who are supposed to be 15 years and older.

The most registrants were from the Ashanti Region with 3,016,319.

Following the lifting of the COVID-19 restrictions by government and the subsequent resumption of work by NIA, a “Card Issuance Blitz” was started on June 10, 2020, at 5,635 registration centres across the country and ended on June 27, 2020.

A mop-up exercise also started on June 18, 2020, in the Upper West and Upper East Regions and continued throughout the country until September 11.

Data integration

For the practical use of the card, the NIA has negotiated an agreement with ECOWAS to ensure that the Ghana Card complies with the requirements for the ECOWAS ID Card at no extra cost to Ghana.

This ensured that the Ghana Card and the ECOWAS Card was integrated into one card, “thereby saving Ghana millions of cedis.”

The NIA has also signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with the Ghana Revenue Authority, National Health Insurance Authority, Social Security and National Insurance Trust, Electoral Commission, and the Driver Vehicle and Licencing Authority “and is currently at various stages of discussions regarding data harmonization and integration with the following organisations.”

These data exchange protocols will result in these agencies no longer producing sector-specific ID cards and saving Ghana hundreds of millions of cedis over the 15-year life cycle of the NIS project.

The NIA has also indicated that it will be registering children aged below 15 years as well as Ghanaians living abroad.

Find below various breakdowns from the registration

REGIONESTIMATED POPULATION (15+YEARS)TOTAL ENROLLED(15+YEARS)% ENROLLED (80% TARGET)
1.ASHANTI3,514,0363,016,31985.82%
2.GREATER ACCRA2,881,1552,970,391103.02%
3.EASTERN1,968,5881,670,26284.85%
4.CENTRAL1,584,5691,566,89098.88%
5.WESTERN1,375,7221,175,05885.41%
6.NORTHERN1,070,826801,13274.81%
7.VOLTA968,273781,34680.69%
8.BONO725,931553,39275.67%
9.BONO EAST704,123498,24370.02%
10.UPPER EAST772,720492,61463.75%
11.WESTERN NORTH589,573489,03582.95%
12.OTI613,965395,77664.46%
13.UPPER WEST515,148319,51562.02%
14.SAVANNAH373,702272,26072.85%
15.NORTH EAST413,687271,82665.71%
16.AHAFO381,106270,17270.53%
17.WRONG CENTRE4,534
TOTAL18,453,12415,549,24284.19%

TOP 10 OCCUPATIONS

1.Farmers3,183,545
2.Students2,707,952
3.Retail Market Traders1,642,706
4.Unemployed905,523
5.Business Man/Woman617,833
6.Tailors, Dressmakers, Sewers, Upholsters and related workers525,876
7.Teachers523,907
8.Hairdressers, Barbers, Beauticians and Related Workers424,688
9.Car, Taxi, and Van Drivers351,102
10.Retired328,940
SNCATEGORYVALUESOTHER VALUESCOMMENTS
1.Female8,268,429
2.Male7,280,813
3.Persons with Disabilities75,87424 Different DisabilitiesVisual Impairment is Highest
4.Persons above 60yrs1,382,134
5.Persons between 18yrs-60yrs13,251,803
6.Single Men (18+)3,097,014
7.Single Women (18+)2,717,843
8.Widowed (Men)89,178
9.Widowed (Women)701,685
10.Divorced512,409
11.Challenged3047

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