Do you know that your National Identification Authority Card, “GhanaCard”, is a priceless identity card? Have you got your hands on one already? It is worthy to note that the Mass Registration Exercise started on the 29th April 2019 on regional basis, with the Greater Accra being the first region. The registration exercise since then has taken place in all the other Regions in Ghana till it was abruptly interrupted by the deadly Coronavirus pandemic in March, 2020 during the Eastern Region registration.
The Ghana Card is a valid national verification identity card that is meant to be issued by the National Identification Authority of Ghana to Ghanaian citizens – both resident and non-resident, and legally and permanently resident foreign nationals. The Ghana Card makes it easy to prove your identity or citizenship and residence. The NIA makes use of trailblazing technology that combines several layers of security features- physical, logical and technical, that makes the card difficult to forge and protect the personal information stored on the card. These features allow only authorized individuals to read the information and bona fide holders to use the card for purposes of identification.
Prof. Ken Attafuah, NIA Boss
When the card becomes fully operational it promises a lot of benefits to holders. With the Ghana Card, accessing social services such as Health, Education, Communications, Insurance, banking, et cetera, would be safer, easier and faster. Hence, the motivation for using this biometric identification and electronic ID card is to decrease costs and increase convenience, while maintaining the required level of security.
Check out 20 important things that your NIA “Ghana Card” can do:
1. National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registration.
2. Acquisition of Passport.
3. Acquisition of Driver’s License.
4. Shipping and Clearing of Goods from the Ports and Harbours.
5. As an identity verification document for receipt of Banking Services and transactions.
6. Provides banks and financial institutions with Credit Information of holders.
7. Registration of Business.
8. Tracking the progress of a Ghana Card holder’s child in the educational sector for necessary policy interventions such as provision of targeted educational infrastructure and other resources.
9. To establish a person’s identity during job search.
10. Disaster Management: to establish whether holder live in an area affected by a disaster to enable them to receive relief items.
11. Access to Social Services such as LEAP payments, free NHIS registration, etc.
12. Protecting the Rights of Children: help fight Child trafficking, forced labour, streetism, etc.
13. Electoral Registration: During voter registration to check eligibility.
14. Travelling: validate a person’s identity at airports, borders, police check posts and while booking tickets.
15. E-Commerce & Payment Industry: The Ghana Card is likely to be made mandatory for the validation of all payments.
16. Pension Claims: It identifies holder as the rightful person authorized to receive their pension benefits. In the event of death, only holder’s children or spouse named on their Ghana Card will benefit from their pension claim
17. SIM Card Registration.
18. Hire Purchase: The Ghana Card is used in establishing a person’s identity when making hire purchase arrangements.
19. Insurance Claims: As a person needs to prove their identity in the event of any disaster for which they have to make insurance claims.
20. Remittances from Abroad: prevent unauthorized persons from claiming goods and monies sent from abroad.
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