Prof Ken Attafuah, the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), has stated that Ghanaians should not rush to receive their Ghana cards in order to register for SIM cards.
According to him, the SIM registration will expire in six months, thus the National Identification Authority has taken a number of steps to ensure that every Ghanaian receives his or her card.
There has been a lot of discussion on social media on how those who do not have a Ghana card can have their SIM registered with the SIM registration exercise that starts today, October 1st, 2021.
Prof Ken Attafuah, the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority, told Peace FM’s Pious Baidoo-Banson that his organization is taking great steps to ensure that everyone receives the card.
He stated that the NIA has opened 34 offices across the country at Ghana Revenue Authority locations where Ghanaians can register for free.
Prof Ken Attafuah stated that after October 18, 2021, there would be over 270 regional and district offices across the country where one can get a new Ghana card, an update if there was a mistake on theirs, or a replacement if theirs is lost.
He went on to say that you don’t need to go to the NIA headquarters in Accra to receive your Ghana card since you may get it in the district where you registered after October 18th.
He explained that getting a new card is free, but getting an upgrade and replacement costs 30 cedis.
Furthermore, any company that requests the NIA to come to their workplaces to register their employees must pay Ghc 100 cedis per head as required by law, as well as Ghc 150 per head to register any home.
Prof Ken Attafuah went on to say that people who want premium (protocol) services will have to pay Ghc 250 cedis, which is all legal and approved by the Ghana Parliament.