The National Identification Authority(NIA) was established by an Act of Parliament Act 2006 (Act 707) with the core mandate of registering all Ghanaian Citizens both resident and non-resident(those in the Diaspora).
In order for the NIA to be effective and comprehensive in the delivery of their mandated Functions and Powers in accordance with the Act 707, there is the need for the NIA to closely collaborate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for accurate Data collection, processing and storage of Ghanaians in the Diaspora so that no Ghanaian Citizen is left behind as far as the management of Ghana’s National Database is concerned.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would provide accurate information about Ghanaian Citizens living in other Countries to the NIA. This arrangement will compel the NIA to set up sattelite branches or units at Ghana’s Embassy in all Countries that Ghanaians are living there.
Our National Population Database to be managed by the NIA should not be limited to only resident Ghanaians but it must include non-resident Ghanaians as well in fulfilment of the Act 707.
The effective collaboration between the NIA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will help the Nation to determine the accurate total population of Ghanaians both residents and non-residents at any given time.
President Akufo-Addo indeed deserves commendation for the visionary role of resourcing the NIA to carry out it’s core functions. This laudable agenda to transform the NIA will help the Nation in the planning and execution of well informed developmental projects and programmes to the benefit of all Ghanaians both home and abroad.
I equally applaud President Akufo-Addo for appointing a competent Executive Secretary for the NIA in the person of Professor Ken Agyemang Attafuah.
I do believe that a competent Governing Board too will be constituted by President Akufo-Addo to assist the Executive Secretary to bring about a total transformation in the administration, operations, Finance and management of the National Identification Authority(NIA).
It is very sad that the incompetent NDC Government neglected the NIA for 8 years but thanks to President Akufo-Addo for revamping the NIA.
Hon. Randy Collins Owusu Amankwaa
( MP for Manhyia North Constituency)