21-yr-old Arrested for Stabbing Another at NIA Registration Center in Lower Manya Krobo

The Odumase Krobo has arrested a 21-year-old, Partey Nicholas, for stabbing another person after confusion erupted at a National Identification Registration (NIA) Center in Asitey a suburb of Lower Manya Krobo Municipality of the Eastern Region.

The victim who was later identified as Tamatey Adamptey Haison is currently receiving treatment at Atua Government hospital after being stabbed in the left side of the stomach.

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Dozens of applicants massed up on Monday at the Center to collect their Ghana Cards to enable them to partake in the Voters’ registration exercise but confusion broke out when some NIA officials were allegedly extorting monies from applicants before issuing their cards without joining the long queues.

The agitations led to the stabbing of an applicant by another applicant who attempted to warn the applicants not to give money to the officers

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“We were here when it started raining and we all went to the Presby Church over there. So I and my brother were going there to collect our cards. So there were many people there so I told one of the guys I will help him to call names so when it gets to my name then I will give it to another person. But people were giving monies to some of the officers there to get their cards, so my brother went there to tell them not to give money to the officers. When my brother was speaking a guy came from his back and stabbed him,” Michael Tei Narh, brother of the victim.

He said the victim has been rushed to a hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, the suspect, who was arrested by some of the applicants around and handed over to the Odumase Police is been proceed for court according to the Odumase Krobo Police Commander, DSP Thomas Agbanyo.

The last day of the Ghana Card registration in the Eastern Region was marred with incidents of extortions and Confusion in some registration Canters on Saturday, June 27, 2020.

For instance, scores of applicants were stranded at Suhum New town Presbyterian registration center after a Commissioner responsible for guarantor’s forms left the center over menstrual pains.

Meanwhile, some applicants in parts of the Eastern Region could not complete the process. Also, many of those who registered days ago could not receive their cards.

The National Identification Authority (NIA) resumed its registration in the Eastern Region from June 18 and ended June 27, 2020.

Story: Sheila Satori Mensa

NIA to begin nationwide distribution of Printed Ghana Cards across the country

The National Identification Authority (NIA) has officially announced Nationwide Printed Ghana Card Issuance Mop-Up Exercise. This was made known on the National Identification Authority (NIA) official social media handles. The statement reads as follows:

National Identification Authority (NIA) Nationwide Printed Ghana Card Issuance Mop-Up Exercise 2020

ISSUANCE OF PRINTED GHANA CARDS TO APPLICANTS IN ALL 16 REGIONS

The National Identification Authority (NIA) will issue 3,875,441 printed cards to Ghana Card applicants in 5,635 registration centers in all 16 Regions of Ghana concurrently from Monday 8th to Tuesday 16th June 2020.

This nationwide card issuance blitz will enable 11,062,850 Ghanaians to possess Ghana Cards in good time to be used for vouching for their relatives or other Ghanaians who wish to register during the nationwide Mop-Up registration exercise commencing on 18th June 2020 and ending in mid-September 2020.

It will also enable persons in possession of the Ghana Card to use it for other mandatory purposes stated in the National Identity Register Regulation, 2012 (LI 2111), including registering as a voter and vouching for others as Ghanaians.

The NIA will provide adequate PPE’s for all NIA field officials for use during the exercise. All Registration Centres will be equipped with the requisite resources to ensure the effective observance of all prescribed health and safety protocols.

In addition, security personnel will be deployed at each Registration Centre to ensure that crowd control measures such as physical distancing and appointment system are strictly observed.

Applicants attending at NIA card collection centres MUST wear a mask and wash their hands before they begin the card collection process.

SGND: ACI FRANCIS PALMDETI
HEAD, CORPORATE AFFAIRS, NIA

Story: Sheila Satori Mensa