The National Identification Authority (NIA) failed to commence the registration of Members of Parliament (MPs) to issue them the much awaited Ghana Card.
The NIA had promised to register the MPs on Monday, June 11,2018 after it failed in May to begin the full registration process.
XYZ News’ Parliamentary correspondent, Charles Akrofi reported there was no MP in the chamber when he arrived there in the morning.
He said there was no NIA official at the time of reporting, linking it to the fact that that MPs do not sit on Monday.
“I’m told the officials who had come in the morning left after they realised there will not be sitting today,” he said on Power 97.9FM.
Meanwhile,the minority in parliament have refused to take part in the registration exercise for Members of Parliament (MPs), citing breach in procurement processes and cost of the project.
A statement signed by Minority leader, Haruna Iddrisu which announced their refusal to register, indicated the NIA has refused to engage Members of Parliament in a meeting to clarify “a number of issues relating to the roll out of the exercise.”
According to the Minority, apart from the cost of the registration exercise, the criteria for registering Ghanaians under the programme is not appropriate since it will prevent millions of Ghanaians from getting the card.
“…we remain opposed to the restriction of identification requirements for registration to Passports and Birth Certificates. Our analysis show that this will prevent about 23 million Ghanaians from obtaining the Ghana Card and deprive them of any benefit thereof,” the statement explained.