In order to provide the 7,000 refugees residing in Ghana access to some social services, identity cards are likely to be handed to them.
In order to live stress-free lives while in the nation, the refugees have been pleading with the government to be given the Ghana card ever since the process started.
As a result, the NIA has started registering refugees in Ghana and issuing them with Refugee Identity Cards.
As a consequence of their unregistered status, individuals would be able to access several social services after this exercise (creating a bank account, registering SIM cards, etc.).
As a result, the Authority has received praise from Padi Tetteh, acting executive secretary of the Ghana Refugee Board.
According to Mr. Tetteh, the action is appropriate and in line with international norms.
“Due to the fact that we are signatories to the UN Refugee Convention and also the fact that we are governed by the Ghana Refugee Law, we are to ensure that refugees have access to social services, and it is important that they do so in order to allow them to earn a living.”
Mr. Padi underlined that the refugees do not acquire nationality status as a result of this card.
“It’s crucial to remember that the card does not confer nationality or voting rights to the holder.
The card simply grants them access to social services so they can live in safety and dignity.
The 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol set forth both the legal duties of States to protect refugees, such as the right to social assistance, and the rights of refugees.