With allegations of inefficiency regarding the issuing of a Ghana card to Rev. Victor Kusi Boateng as Kwabena Adu Gyamfi, the National Identification Authority (NIA) has answered.
According to Mr. Ablakwa, the National Identification Authority (NIA) gave Rev. Victor Kusi Boateng, “a popular prophet” and secretary to the board of trustees of the National Cathedral Secretariat, a fake Ghana card with the name Kwabena Adu Gyamfi and a false birthdate.
The biometrics (fingerprint mapping, face template, and iris recognition) of Rev. Victor Kusi Boateng match those of Kwabena Adu Gyamfi, according to Mr. Ablakwa, who described it as intriguing and said that his “rare and comprehensive analysis of the NIA database” reveals as much.
Thus, he has cast doubt on the validity of the entire Ghana card registration process.
The NIA responded to the claim in a statement dated 1 February 2023 by saying that it follows the law and public policy when conducting its business.
It said that a person’s level of notoriety is unimportant to the NIA registration procedure.
In fact, a popular name isn’t always a person’s genuine name, the statement clarified.
Officials from the NIA record applicants using the names they give them and those found on any of the aforementioned identity papers, such as birth certificates or passports.
“Alternatively, as is commonly known, where an applicant is unable to submit any of the specified documents, they may be vouched for by a relative or another qualified person before a Commissioner for Oaths at the registration premises. In that event, the registration officials will use the name indicated by the applicant and vouched for by the guarantor(s) as the applicant’s name.
“Thus, there is nothing mysterious about Kwabena Adu Gyamfi being issued with a Ghana Card as such, even though Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa knows Kwabena Adu Gyamfi as Rev. Victor Kusi Boateng as well”.
The statement went on to clarify that on January 15, 2020, Kwabena Adu Gyamfi visited the Vicandy School NIA registration center at Asuoyeboah in Kumasi to sign up for the Ghana Card as part of the mass registration drive.
He presented a legitimate Ghanaian passport with his name, Kwabena Adu Gyamfi, issued by the Passport Office on May 16, 2018, to NIA registration officers. The passport’s expiration date is May 15, 2023.
Kwabena Adu Gyamfi was registered by NIA registration officers using a legitimate passport as their primary form of identification, and they legally granted him a Ghana Card.
The NIA observed that it had no records of anybody with the name Victor Kusi Boateng in the NIR, nor does it have any records of anyone with the name Victor Kusi Boateng who was born on September 7, 1971, or any other day.
Read the full statement below:
Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Louis Gyamerah