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NIA apologizes to residents of the three Northern regions for slow start of mass registration

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The National Identification Authority, (NIA), has apologized to residents of Tamale, Nalerugu, Damango as well as other communities in the three Northern regions for a slow start to the mass registration exercise.

A statement signed and issued by the Authority’s Head of Corporate Affairs, ACI Francis Palmdeti and copied to gbcghanaonline on Saturday, October 5, 2019, said, despite prior arrangements, the NIA encountered challenges in transporting some personnel and logistics from Accra to the three regions, which affected the smooth start of the exercise.

The NIA in the statement has expressed gratitude to the Ghana Air force and other key stakeholders including Metro Mass Transit Ltd who rose to the call of national duty and assisted in addressing the challenges.

The statement further acknowledged with  gratitude the patience, endurance and sacrifice exhibited by its personnel

Below is the full statement: 

NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION AUTHORITY (NIA)

For immediate release

PRESS RELEASE

The National Identification Authority (NIA) apologizes to residents of Tamale, Nalerugu, Damango as well as other communities in the three northern regions who went to our registration centres on the first day only to experience a slow start to the mass registration exercise.

Despite prior arrangements, the NIA encountered challenges in transporting some personnel and logistics from Accra to the three regions, which affected the smooth start of the registration exercise.

We are happy to inform members of the general public that the challenges have been resolved; as personnel have now arrived at their respective districts and centres and the remaining logistics have also been airlifted by the Ghana Airforce to Tamale for distribution to various districts and registration points.

The NIA expresses immense gratitude to the Ghana Airforce and other key stakeholders including Metro Mass Transit Ltd who rose to the call of national duty and assisted in addressing the challenges.

The NIA also acknowledges with deep gratitude the patience, endurance and sacrifice exhibited by its personnel while the issues were being resolved.

Prospective applicants for registration for the Ghana Card in the Northern, Savannah and North East regions should be assured that their ability to register for the Ghana card will not be undermined by the slow start as the registration centres will operate at their optimum.

SGND: ACI FRANCIS PALMDETI

HEAD, CORPORATE AFFAIRS, NIA

5th October 2019

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