NIA Clears Ghana Card Backlog

The National Identification Authority (NIA) says it has completed the printing of the backlog of 541,529 Ghana Cards in its database in 10 days pursuant to the promise made to Parliament on February 28, 2023 to print the said cards in 11 days upon receipt of a supply of blank cards.

The expedited printing exercise began on March 18, 2023 and concluded on Monday, March 27, 2023 with all records in backlog printed.

The ultimate objective of this exercise was to print records of registered Ghanaians in backlog since July 2022.

In a statement issued March 29, the NIA said “With focus, rigour and coherence in project management and implementation, NIA achieved this feat with a dedicated team of Supervisors, Assistant Technical Support Officers and Assistant Technical Enrolment Officers drawn from its Headquarters, Regional and Districts Offices. The staff worked fervently for ten continuous days in two shifts — day and night.”

The printed cards, which are now being packaged, the NIA said will be distributed to NIA’s Regional and District Offices nationwide from today Wednesday, March 29, 2023, to Sunday, April 2, 2023 for issuance to registered applicants.

“All Ghanaians who have registered for their Ghana Cards since July 2022 but are yet to receive, are assured that effective Wednesday, April 5, 2023, they can visit the District or Regional Offices where they registered for their printed cards to be issued to them.

“The NIA stands committed to serving the public and the nation as a whole with respect, dignity, integrity and efficiency as a dedicated and responsible public sector institution,” the statement from the Corporate Affairs Directorate read.