Having different identification cards for your Voter’s Registration, National Health Insurance, your Passport and Drivers’ License among others is not ideal. It is also not a modern way of doing things.
In other jurisdictions, when someone is born, their details are entered into a system which automatically updates itself as the person grows. When he/she turns 18, there is no need to form a queue in the name of voter registration ET AL.
Also, there is no need presenting your voter ID at one point, your health insurance card at another and a Birth Certificate at another. There is an integrated system that ensures that all your data is at one place. This makes it easier (in other jurisdictions) for you to perform transactions with financial and state institutions among others.
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For some time now, Ghana has been trying to get such an integrated system. In 2007, the process was started by the National Identification Authority to put all data from all institutions together. However, the process stalled after the change of government in 2009.
The National Identification Authority has restarted the process to get all Ghanaians unto this new integrated system. This system will ensure that right from birth, the details of every citizen are collected and saved unto one platform.
Ghana National ID Card
You can use the card for transactions with banks and other institutions that require your identity.
Furthermore, the 128 kilobytes (KB) capacity will enable other stakeholders to run their applications on the Ghana National ID Card.
It also has functions that can enable other partner institutions, such as the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), to serve their clients when also later enabled.
In addition, if you are someone who travels within the ECOWAS Region a lot, you can smile. The Ghana Card has 14 international features and can be used as a pass to other ECOWAS countries.
According to the NIA, the first issuance of the Ghana National ID Card is free but subsequent replacements will come at a fee.
For more information click here to visit the NIA’s website.
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