The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has stated that the rollout of the National Identification Card, dubbed the “GhanaCard”, signals a new era in biometric identity management in Ghana and brings to an end the proliferation of biometric systems by other government agencies that are mandated by law to access information from the National Identity Register.
The GhanaCard will, thus, be the only valid form of identification when the issuance is completed in a year.
The GhanaCard, a valid verification document, deploys cutting-edge technology that incorporates several layers of security features of most advanced Electronic Identity Documents, thus solidifying the country’s evolution into the digital world.
Additionally, the national identity card has been enhanced to take advantage of new technologies such as tactile elements for the blind, chip embedding technology and iris capabilities, in addition to taking all 10 fingerprints of an applicant.
The rollout of the GhanaCard is a collaboration between the National Identification Authority (NIA) and the Identity Management Systems (IMS), a subsidiary of the Margins Group, an indigenous identity, security and transaction solutions provider.
The President, who was the first recipient of the new card at the launch last Friday, stated that, “Ultimately, the card would replace the sectorial identity cards in circulation, and shall be the only card to be used in transactions where identification is required as provided by law”.
Additionally, the registration exercise for the GhanaCard will involve children from age 0-5, which will provide the country with a unique opportunity for Ghana to sanitise and rationalise her birth certification to ensure social inclusion right from birth.