National Identification Authority is scheduled to meet Members of Parliament today, Tuesday 12th June, 2018 to answer some questions being raised by the members of the house concerning national identification card registration exercise.
The minority side of Parliament has raised questions about the registration process especially the requirements one needs to fulfill before the person can obtain the Ghana Card. The National Identification Authority is going to meet Parliament today to help clear the doubts Members of Parliament have about the process.
According to Majority Leader in Parliament, Hon. Kyei Mensah Bonsu the National Identification Authority leadership was supposed to meet the house somewhere in March, 2018 but they could not meet the house.
He added that the National Identification Authority was scheduled to meet them last week Tuesday 5th June, 2018 but the sector Minister, Dr. Akoto Osei, the Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation which is the umbrella body for National Identification Authority could not honour the scheduled date.
Hon. Kyei Mensah Bonsu stressed that even though the sector minister is still out of the country, they have implored the Deputy Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation to address Parliament on the National Identification registration exercise today, 12th June, 2018.
Hon. Member of Parliament for Suame electoral area refuted the claim that the National Identification Authority has refused to honour the invitation by Parliament. He argued they did not request to meet the NIA officials but National Identification first wrote to the house to request meeting with them.
“It is not the minority who first invited them, the National Identification Authority themselves in March, 2018 demanded to have a meeting with Parliament, unfortunately in March because Parliament was about to break, we were very occupied so it (the meeting) could not come off…”, Hon. Majority leader, Kyei Mensah Bonsu recounted.
He indicated that it is not the duty of Chief Executive Officers to answer questions of the Parliament but the sector ministers in charge of the ministries. He added that in National Identification Authority case they operate under ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation with which Dr Akoto Osei is the sector Minister.
“In Parliament it is not the Chief Executive of National Identification Authority who is suppose to provide answers to questions but it is the minister for the sector who is suppose to answer questions on their behalf”, Hon. Kyei Mensah Bonsu said.
He debunked the assertion by the Minority in Parliament that the cost of the registration exercise is too expensive. He argued the 1.2 billion dollars proposed cost is for 15 year period of the registration process. He espoused that the salary of staff, materials and equipments for the exercise, offices across the country, and stationary which will help them distribute the cards in the 15 year period.