Virus cards ready to be destroyed – National Identification Authority

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The National Identification Authority has reacted to a widely circulated video of national identity cards being left at the mercy of the elements at its Sowotuom office in Accra.

In a statement, the NIA said 2D barcode cards printed between 2008 and 2014 had exceeded their 10-year lifespan and were awaiting destruction.

“The cards have been audited by an NIA Board of Investigation and have been destroyed as they have exceeded their 10-year lifespan and cannot be used for any lawful purpose,” the statement said.

“Stored in ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bags, the cards have been moved from storage to create space pending destruction as the NIA headquarters building is being refurbished;

“The cards were covered in a tarp at the NIA headquarters premises waiting to be shredded, but someone removed the cover, made a video and shared it on social media.”

The statement further clarifies that “these 2D barcode cards are different from the current generation of multi-purpose, dual-interface, embedded chip biometric smart cards issued by the NIA since 2018 under the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo.” . .

Read the full statement below;

The NIA’s attention has been drawn to a video circulating on social media of old maps of Ghana allegedly ‘left to rot’ at the NIA’s Sowotuom office in Accra.

NIA provides the following details about the cards in the video:

1. The cards are 2D barcode cards printed between 2008 and 2014 but were never issued to Ghanaians;

2. The cards were kept in stores and in the basement of the NIA headquarters building located at 8 Nelson Mandela Avenue, South Legon, near Gulf House, Accra;

3. Cards have been audited by an NIA Board of Inquiry and have been destroyed as they have exceeded their 10 year lifespan and cannot be used for lawful purposes:

4. Stored in “Ghana-Must-Go” bags, the cards have been moved from storage to create space pending destruction as the NIA headquarters building is being renovated;

5. The cards were covered in a tarp at the NIA headquarters premises waiting to be shredded, but someone removed the cover, made a video and shared it on social media;

6. For the avoidance of doubt, these 2D barcode cards are different from the current generation of multi-purpose, dual interface, embedded chip biometric smart cards issued by the NIA since 2018 under the government of President Nana Akufo-Add.

The NIA assures the general public that all printed but unissued state-of-the-art smart cards intended for Ghanaians and eligible foreigners legally residing in Ghana are safe in the custody of the NIA. These cards are pooled, boxed, and securely stored at NIA Headquarters and the NIA’s respective 16 Regional Offices and 276 District Offices, as well as its Premium Registration Centers for Issuance. As data controller, NIA will continue to protect all personal records in its custody and ensure their security, integrity and confidentiality at all times.

Sign

Dr. Abudu Abdul-Ganiyu

Acting Head, Corporate Affairs

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