The Ghanaian government has started to implement a comprehensive national identification project in fulfillment of a campaign pledge to build a database of Ghanaians and other nationals resident in Ghana, the presidency said in a release late Thursday.

Identification Cards
Identification Cards
At a broad consultative meeting in Accra chaired by the Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, all the major stakeholders underscored the need to have a single national database to aid policy planning and implementation.

According to the release, the government is convinced the national ID scheme (NIDS) would help formalize the economy through the establishment of a national database.

Bawumia noted that a single national ID system would, amongst others, track immunization of children and health care of citizens, issue drivers licenses and passports linked to digital identity registry, eliminate ghost names from the civil service payroll and reduce cost of maintaining multiple identity databases.

The national ID project is expected to be completed within the first year of the new administration. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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