A former member of parliament for Ablekuma North, Justice Joe Appiah, has said the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Prof Ken Attafuah “is a total disaster” who has failed at executing the mandate given to him by President Nana Akufo-Addo, for which, in the ex-legislator’s estimation, he must be fired.
Prof Attafuah is leading the NIA to register Ghanaians for the Ghana card – one of the two breeder documents to be used by the Electoral Commission in registering eligible voters for the voter ID card.
About a week ago, the NIA said it was resuming its registration in the Eastern Region from 18 – 27 June 2020.
At the same time, it announced that its card distribution exercise, which started on Wednesday, 10 June 2020 at 5,635 registration centres across the country, was to end on Thursday, 18 June 2020.
“The exercise will enable approximately 3,934,073 Ghanaians, who could not receive their cards during the mass registration exercise to do so”, the NIA said in a statement.
“The cards are being issued to Ghanaians at the same centres where they registered during the mass registration exercise”, adding: “Nearly 800,000 Ghanaians have received the Ghana card since the exercise began last Wednesday, 10 June 2020”.
The NIA said: “All persons who registered but have not received their Ghana cards are requested to go to the registration centre where they registered to pick up their card”.
“To receive the card, a Ghanaian must present the registration application form, the printout or receipt given at the time of registration, or provide other relevant information to be cross-checked against his/her photograph and personal details contained in a Registration Centre Album.”
By the end of the Thursday exercise, the NIA said more than eleven million Ghanaians will possess the Ghana card.
“Out of that number, a total of 10,295,578 Ghanaians will be aged 18 years and over,” the statement added.
Mr Appiah, however, told Kwabena Prah Jr., host of Accra100.5FM’s morning show, Ghana Yensom, on Friday, 19 June 2020 that “they [NIA] have failed the whole nation and His Excellency the President”, reiterating: “He’s a total disaster”.
According to Mr Appiah, “All he [Prof Attafuah] does is to speak big English”.
“Kennedy Agyapong said he could do it at a cheaper cost, they didn’t give it to him and now look at how we’re all suffering”, Justice Joe Appiah said.
The NIA is a “disgrace of an institution”, he insisted, wondering: “You haven’t been able to do this small job given to you for the past three years. What are you doing with the $1.2 billion given you for that job?”
“All you do is talk plenty; who are you? Have you ever heard Ken Ataffuah campaigning [for the NPP?]What have you [Ken Attafuah] done? Where were you when we were in the trenches working for the party? Would you have been NIA boss were the NPP not in power? He can’t do the job. It should be taken away from him. Who is Ken Attafuah? He is a disaster”, the ex-MP fumed.