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What a smooth process! I’ve registered for my national identification card

Finally, the registration for the National Identification Card by the National Identification Authority (NIA) moved to my constituency this week, and on Thursday I passed through to have my turn. My mother, who did hers the previous day, had hinted me that there wasn’t a lot of traffic at the centre so I should use […]

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Finally, the registration for the National Identification Card by the National Identification Authority (NIA) moved to my constituency this week, and on Thursday I passed through to have my turn.

My mother, who did hers the previous day, had hinted me that there wasn’t a lot of traffic at the centre so I should use to opportunity to go and register before starting the day’s work. In fact, she picked up her ID just one day after registering (I’m also hoping for same😝)

When I arrived at the centre, there was no queue so I immediately sat down for the first phase, filling of the form. A very pleasant young lady took my passport and used the details to fill the form. She later started asking me questions so she could fill the other portions of the form.

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It was a pretty smooth process. The only thing I didnt like was the fact that there was a code for everything. A code for the type of work I do, a code for where I was born, and a code for my hometown.

So based on your answer, the NIA staff would check a list to find your code. Initially for occupation, I chose publisher. But after failing find that on the list, I opted for journalist, which captured some media related work options.

Anyway, after completing the form and crosschecking for mistakes, I moved to the next desk where my photo was taken. Over there, my biometric details were scanned, including an iris scan.

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I particularly loved the functionality of the tools the NIA staff were using, very mobile and fast.

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Another thing I loved about the entire process was the celebrity treatment I received (laughing out loud). From the moment the staff realised I was ‘Ameyaw Debrah’, they engaged me in a lot of fun conversation, and snapping of photos.

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In fact one of them (Gideon) made sure I had three lights on me when I was taking my photo for my ID card, just so they could get the best photo for my card. And I even had the privilege of checking to see if the photo was ok before finalizing it for the system.

This was the smoothest registration I’ve ever done in Ghana, YET! I was however unhappy when I found out that I couldnt vouch for one of our domestic staff, who doesn’t have a passport or birth certificate, ro register.

I think we should be honest with ourselves enough as a country to know that not everyone has a birth certificate or a passport. A family friend who was also turned away from the process, has been trying to get her birth certificate from the Madina Births and Deaths Registry since November 2018.

Anyway if the NIA team comes to your area be sure to go register for yours. I hope my card will be ready when I go for mine. The last time i registered for the national Identification card, after waiting in a long queue, I found out mine was missing. 😂😂😂😂

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