President launches new national identification card

Accra, Sept. 15, GNA – President Nana
Additional Dankwa Akufo-Addo is set to launch Ghana’s new national
identification system, signalling government’s resolve to provide secure,
convenient identification and authentication for Ghanaians.

The launch follows the readiness of the
National Identification Authority’s (NIA) to embark on the new identification
process.

President Akufo-Addo will today be the first
recipient of the “GhanaCard”, which would later be followed by a mass
registration exercise, starting with the security services and then to other
segments of the population.

The President had given the NIA a September 15
deadline to roll out the process, but has insisted, based on the advices of
stakeholders to start the public registration pursuant to the completion of the
digital address system that would enhance the authenticity of the GhanaCard.

The GhanaCard would be a valid verification
documents issued to every Ghanaian and permanently resident foreign nationals
living everywhere for the purpose of identification.

The card would bear individuals personal
information for easy verification of identity. It utilizes three types of biometric
technology, including fingerprint, facial and eye identification unique to the
holder of the card.

The NIA has deployed cutting edge technology
that incorporates several layers of security features that would protect the
personal information of the holder and make it difficult to forge, allowing
only authorised parties to access the information on the GhanaCard.

The card contains basic information including
a photograph of the holder, name, date of birth, height and personal
identification number.

Depending on the age of the holder, the
national identification card would have either a two dimensional barcode or a
machine readable zone at the back that holds the biometric information. The
holder’s fingerprints and signatures are digitised on the card.

Among its many advantages, the smart card can
be used for…

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