The National Identification Authority introduced the Ghana Card also known as the ECOWAS card in June this year.
Over three months since its launch, the registration exercise started with some government institutions and officials from the jubilee house and is now preparing to open to the public in November.
Below are some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about the new Ghana Card.
-The new National ID card project is an instant issuance system in place with reliable inter-connectivity that significantly reduces the cost and challenges associated with card distribution.
-The card is completely electronic and biometric and it consists of your personal details, personal ID number, Ecowas logo, the country code, card access number, embedded tactile impression, aluminium watermark, passport photosize of the owner and the dual interface chip module.
Passport to West African States
For many of you wondering the extreme significance of the newly improved cards by the National Identification Authority(NIA), the new card could be used as a pass for West African States. The feature of the card has an embedded logo of the passport of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which allows for it to be used in pace of a passport across ECOWAS member countries.
Assist people with visual challenges
-The new Ghana Card has been designed to assist compatriots with visual challenges to be able to use it, using a tactile feature on the card.
Social inclusion from birth
– Right from birth, the card is open to children from the ages of 0-5 to rationalise their birth certificate and ensure social inclusion. Also children from zero to 14 would not be issued the same Ghana Card, but with two dimensional derivative (2D) barcode cards, since their biometrics change quickly.
Other benefits include;
The personal information is cross-checked with the existing data in the National Identification System during a Ghana Card holder’s National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registration.
Any time a Ghana Card holder applies for a passport, their personal identification number (PIN) is captured on the passport and their personal information cross-checked with the data in the National Identification System. A Ghana Card holder may not be able to acquire a passport if they do not possess the Ghana Card.
Acquisition of Driver’s License
The personal identification number (PIN) is one of the required information the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) demands as soon as the Ghana Card is issued to applicants. The PIN is captured on a Ghana Card holder’s driver’s license and vehicle registration documents. A time will come when a person may not be able to make new registration or renewal at the DVLA without their Ghana Card.
Shipping and Clearing of Goods from the Port
All goods a Ghana Card holder exports out of Ghana or imports into Ghana is directly linked to their personal identification number (PIN) to eliminate fraud and theft in the shipping and clearing of goods at the ports and harbours of Ghana.
Receipt of Banking Services
A Ghana Cardholder can use the card as identity verification document when opening bank account, withdrawing money from the bank, or receiving money transfers in Ghana. It is easier for a Ghana Card holder to take loan from the bank whether they work in an identifiable institution or not.
The use of the Ghana Card can enable the banks in Ghana to easily establish persons credit-worthiness from the Credit Referencing Agencies any time they apply for a loan. This may lead drastically to the reduction in bank rates on loans since the banks can establish whether they are already servicing a loan from another bank which will result in a reduction in the incidents of bad debts.
Registration of Business
Business registration is linked to a Ghana Card holder’s PIN to help identify them as the true owner of their business. The Registrar General’s Department make it a requirement for all business owners to provide their PIN on the Ghana Card during business registration. This eliminates business registration fraud through the exposure of false identities and prevents multiple registrations of businesses for fraudulent purposes.
The PIN of a Ghana Card holder’s child is captured during enrollment into primary school and the number is used for admission into every school level until the child completes tertiary education. This helps in tracking the progress of a Ghana Card holder’s child in the educational sector for necessary policy interventions. Students who qualify for student’s loan are able to use the Ghana Card to establish their identities to eliminate fraud. Data from the NIA database enables the Ministry of Education to plan effectively for the provision of targeted educational infrastructure and other resources for their community.
The Ghana Card is used to establish a persons identity during job search. This boosts their chances of getting the job as employers will be sure they are dealing with the rightful owner of the certificates a person provides in support of their qualifications.
Identification of true victims of disasters is often problematic because there are infiltrators who take advantage of the absence of credible identification system to benefit at the expense of the affected ones. Data on a persons Ghana Card is used to establish whether they live in an area affected by a disaster to enable them to receive relief items.
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