National ID Cards cover both nationals, foreigners – NIA

The National Identification Authority (NIA) on Friday stated that it is legally mandated to register both citizens and non-citizens and issue them with National Identity Cards.

“NIA is mandated to register both citizens and non-citizens to create, maintain, provide and promote the use of national ID cards in order to advance economic, political and social activities in the country.

“The fact that a foreign national holds the new national identity card does not mean that it was illegally acquired,” the NIA explained in a statement to the Ghana News Agency signed by Ms Bertha Dzeble of the Public Affairs Department.

The statement explained that the differentiation features on the Ghanacard for Ghanaians and foreign nationals were the nationality code in the Personal Identification Number (PIN).

“However, if it is established that the Ghanacard issued to any foreigner bears the Ghana code, then it means that the individual misrepresented himself or herself to the NIA during the registration process.

“This is an offence under section 40 (1) (a) of the National Identity Register Act, 2008 (Act 750) and is liable on summary convection to a fine of not more than 250 penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of not more than two years or to both,” statement noted.

The Authority was reacting to media reports headlined: “Ghanaian ID Cards seized from Foreigners,” and “Ghanaian ID Cards for Aliens,” and described them as misleading.

The NIA therefore appealed to all security agencies to contact the Authority for authentication of any Ghanacard they found to be in doubt before going public.

It also urged the media, parliamentarians and other stakeholders including Immigration Officials to acquaint themselves with the NIA Act and other details on National Identification.

Source: GNA

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  1. GG says

    What a screwup system that is and they will continue to corrupt, mislead Ghanaians especially immigration as these foreigners will be carrying Ghaanaian Cards

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