The Ghana Card services has been suspended by the National Identification Authority (NIA) at all offices of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) as well as in the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and the NIA headquarters.
The suspension is in effect starting on the 25th of October, from Monday until Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
The authorities in an announcement stated that the suspension was to allow it to prepare for the possibility of deploying staff to its permanent offices across the country.
The affected services include new registrations and card collection, or issuance, as well as updating personal information.
The Ghana Card is currently being utilized by Ghanaians to register SIM cards used by cellphone users.
“In all, 16 Regional Offices, 275 NIA operational District Offices and the Premium Registration Centre at the NIA Head Office will be open across the country, effective Wednesday, 3rd November 2021,” the statement indicated.
The Controller and Accountant General’s Department was also trying to convince employees of the government to sign up to get Ghana Card or be denied their wages.
The decision was later changed following protests by government employees and critiques from observers.
More than 15 million Ghanaians have been registered for the Ghana Card. This, represents about 84% of Ghanaians who are 15 or over.