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NIA begins national identification registration in Upper East

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CrowdThe National Identification Registration started smoothly in the Upper East Region on Thursday, with people keenly patronizing the exercise.

The registration being carried out by the National Identification Authority (NIA) started at some centres at  7 hours and ended at 18 hours.

When the Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited registration centres located at the premises of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, the Information Services Department, Akaturi Junior High School, Soe Primary School, Akantome Junior High and Zaare Experimental, people were seen in long queues with their children, ready to register.

The materials meant for the exercise had arrived at the centres on schedule, but there was a delay in printing receipt form for those who had registered, because some officials lacked cartridge for their machines.

Ms Bertha Dzeble, Head of Public Affairs of the NIA, told GNA that some defects were detected on the cartridges supplied for the exercise.

She said that the suppliers had been notified about the problem and they would replace the cartridges.

Ms Dzeble said registration officials had been asked to continue the process, while people wait for the cartridges to be replaced for the printing of the slips later.

She appealed to the people to participate in the exercise, and explained that when complete, it would help government to effectively plan its developmental projects and programmes at all levels.

Ms Dzeble said the exercise would also improve interactions between businesses and industries, secure trustworthy business environment by increasing confidence and official documentation for the citizenry among others.

The Upper East for the purpose of the registration has been zoned into two areas.

Zone one, where the exercise started on Thursday; include the Bolgatanga, Bongo, Builsa North and South, Kasssena-Nankana East and West districts.

Registration for people in zone two, which include Bawku East, Bawku West, Garu-Tempane, Talensi and Nabdam Districts, would take place from September 2 to September 11.

Source: GNA

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