Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Berekum constituency Captain(rtd) Nkrabea Effah Dartey believes that Ghana has not been very strict with their identity processes hence contributing to a lot of fake identification cards in the system.
He disclosed this in an interview on Pink Fm’s morning show ‘Omanbapa Kasa’ hosted by Kofi Asamoah Anning in relation to the boycott of the Ghana Card registration and the release of fake Ghana Cards belonging to some Minority members in Parliament.
The Ghana Card is a National Identity Card that is issued by the Ghanaian authorities to the Ghanaian citizens, both residents and non residents, legally and permanently foreign nationals.
This is to prove the identity, citizenship and residence of the card holder and also it would be valid for bank documents, passports, driving license and property acquisition. The Card would be used in accessing all services in the country, including travelling within the West African sub region.
According to Nkrabea Effah Dartey, It is a basic requirement for every Ghanaian to have an identification card to prove that the person is a citizen of Ghana. This will in turn, help in tracking the payment of taxes by the citizenry and the acquisition of passports.
However, getting the card into operation has now become an issue, “Should Voter Id, baptismal certificate, birth certificate or passport be used as a requirement in registering for the Ghana Card? And what if a citizen has none of the requirements? Captain Effah asked.
The Former MP commented on the recent release of fake Ghana Cards belonging to some Minority members even though they claimed not to register till the Voter Id is used as a requirement for registering.
“The fake system is still continuing, and the Bureau of National Investigation [BNI] should investigate the matter or maybe Anas should come to our aid” Mr Dartey stated.
Even though the Minority in Parliament seem to doubt the credibility of the Criminal Investigative Department [CID], because of some allegations levelled against it, Mr Dartey claimed that Ghanaians have nowhere to go because the CID is an Institution of the State.
The duties of the Acting Director General of the CID Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo Danquah should not be affected by personal issues she has with the Minority or an individual.
Source: Michael Nabary/Minnette Akuamoah/pinkfmonlinegh