NIA reschedules distribution of cards to June 10

BY: Kweku Zurek

The National Identification Authority (NIA) has rescheduled the issuance of more than 3.87 million Ghana Cards from today [Monday, June 8, 2020] to Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

A statement from the Authority said the rescheduling is to enable the body to complete the distribution of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to registration centres.

"The National Identification Authority (NIA) announces for the information of the general public that its Ghana Card Issuance Exercise scheduled to begin today, Monday 8th June 2020 in all 16 regions concurrently has been rescheduled to Wednesday 10th June 2020 to enable the NIA complete the distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Registration Centres," the statement said.

COVID Protocols

In an earlier statement on June 5, 2020, the NIA said it will provide adequate PPE’s for all NIA field officials for use during the exercise.

"All Registration Centres will be equipped with the requisite resources to ensure the effective observance of all prescribed health and safety protocols. In addition, security personnel will be deployed at each Registration Centre to ensure that crowd control measures such as physical distancing and appointment system are strictly observed," the statement said.

Additionally, all Ghana Card applicants attending an NIA card collection centre were directed to wear a mask and wash their hands before they starting the card collection process.

The NIA said the exercise will enable over 11 million Ghanaians persons in possession of the Ghana Card to use it for other mandatory purposes stated in the National Identity Register Regulation, 2012 (LI 2111), including registering as a voter and vouching for others as Ghanaians.