The Vice President of the policy think tank Imani Africa, Bright Simons, posted on Facebook about the Ghana Card’s design, but the National Identification Authority has asked people to ignore it.
“How many are even aware that until recently the Ghana Card brand design itself was not even owned by Ghana? That it was owned by a French company & the country had to pay to get it? When Civil Society scrutinizes your govt, be grateful. There’s a war for the soul of your country.” Bright Simons posted on his Facebook wall.
The Ag. Head, Corporate Affairs, Dr. Abudu Abdul-Ganiyu, however, declared in a press release dated August 17, 2022 that “the post should be seen as a mix of half-truth, insinuation, self-praise, and alarmism.”
The dispute about the Ghana Card artwork, produced by the abovementioned post, is totally unnecessary and distracting, the release claims.
Accordingly, the NIA bought the artwork from IDEMIA, the successor of SAGEM MORPHO, which could not have used it for any other purpose. This situation is akin to the cedi which is designed for Ghana by a third party but cannot be used by the designer for any other country (even if Ghana has not paid for it).
“NIA acquired the artwork because it wanted to have sovereign control over it, multi-nationalize it with the ECOWAS Card, and get IMS II to cvolve it in the best interest of Ghana”.
“The current Ghana Card artwork was produced by Intelligent Card Production Systems Limited (1CPS) a wholly owned subsidiary of the Maryins ID Group (the only Intcgraf Cerificd facility in Africa to Central Bank Levcl)” the statement added.
Read the full statement below: