Politics of Wed, 27 Jun 201821
Rawlings defies NDC; gets Ghana Card
Former president Jerry John Rawlings has registered for his Ghana Card despite his party’s boycott of the registration.
The founder of the main opposition National Democratic Congress got registered for the card by officials of the National Identification Authority (NIA) at his residence on Tuesday, 26 June 2018.
The NDC and its Minority in Parliament have said they will not partake in the ongoing Ghana card registration exercise.
According to them, a planned meeting to receive a briefing from the NIA about the entire exercise and its cost has not been done.
They are also rejecting the registration process because only birth certificates and passports will be used.
A statement signed by Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu, said: “We remain opposed to the restriction of identification requirements for registration to Passports and Birth Certificates. Our analysis show that this will prevent about 23 million Ghanaians from obtaining the Ghana Card and deprive them of any benefit thereof.”
Meanwhile, former president John Agyekum Kufuor has also registered for his Ghana card.
Below is the Minority’s full statement:
PRESS STATEMENT BY MINORITY IN PARLIAMENT ON REGISTRATION OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT UNDER NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION SCHEME
The Minority Caucus in Parliament has taken note of an announcement that the National Identification Authority(NIA), will be carrying out a registration exercise in Parliament tomorrow, Monday,11th June 2018.
We find this development very surprising for a number of reasons.
First, it was our understanding that the National Identification Authority, would engage Members of Parliament in a meeting to clarify a number of issues relating to the rollout of the exercise. This meeting was duly advertised in the Business Statement at least twice only to be postponed again this time indefinitely when the Business Statement was read by the Majority Chief Whip, Hon. Kwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh last Friday the 8th of June, 2018. We still have no indication when this crucial meeting will be held.
Second, significant questions remain about the cost, scope and legality of the project as well as registration requirements.
With regards to the cost of the project, the leadership of the NIA has been less than candid with the people of Ghana. Whereas documents available to us show that the total project cost is $ 1.4 billion which can be broken down into $1,221,476,123 actual cost and tax exemption of $ 176 million, the Chief Executive Officer of the NIA, Prof Ken Attafuah, is on record as saying it will cost $ 293 million.
We are also aware that despite the provision of Government support by the Akufo Addo government in respect of revenue projections for the project, this has not been brought to Parliament for approval in accordance with Ghanaian Law.
Furthermore, we remain opposed to the restriction of identification requirements for registration to Passports and Birth Certificates. Our analysis shows that this will prevent about 23 million Ghanaians from obtaining the Ghana Card and deprive them of any benefit thereof.
We also have grave concerns about potential breaches of Procurement laws and processes.
In view of the foregoing, we are unbaled to participate in the registration exercise slated for tomorrow at Parliament house. Subsequent to this statement, we will hold a comprehensive press conference on Tuesday,12th June 2018 to shed more light on our position and matters arising out of the National Identification project.
SIGNED HON HARUNA IDDRISU MINORITY LEADER AND MP FOR TAMALE SOUTH SUNDAY, 10TH JUNE,2018 ACCRA