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.
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
|REGION||ESTIMATED POPULATION (15+YEARS)||TOTAL ENROLLED(15+YEARS)||% ENROLLED (80% TARGET)|
TOP 10 OCCUPATIONS
|3.||Retail Market Traders||1,642,706|
|6.||Tailors, Dressmakers, Sewers, Upholsters and related workers||525,876|
|8.||Hairdressers, Barbers, Beauticians and Related Workers||424,688|
|9.||Car, Taxi, and Van Drivers||351,102|
|3.||Persons with Disabilities||75,874||24 Different Disabilities||Visual Impairment is Highest|
|4.||Persons above 60yrs||1,382,134|
|5.||Persons between 18yrs-60yrs||13,251,803|
|6.||Single Men (18+)||3,097,014|
|7.||Single Women (18+)||2,717,843|