May somebody bail me out for am lost as to the essence of creating a whole separate body of authority to just register and issue ID cards to citizens and residents in Ghana. Isn't this a duplication of functions, under employment and waste of money and other resources?
Where is the National Population Council, the births and deaths registry department, the district assemblies and the load of under employed civil servants? Do we need a whole new Directors and Chairmen with fat salaries and allowances?
This is just a simple programme which doesn't need all the advertisements and publicity's given it.
Just charge district assemblies to work in collaboration with the National Population council, equip them with computers and training and let the citizens or residents know that their IDs will be required in many areas of their daily lives as from a set date, period.
By this you keep the hitherto habitual lotto-working civil servants busy and efficient. By so doing you can also pay them good salaries and avoid salaries induced strikes.
As it stands now, I don't know how many people make up the National Identification Authority, based only in Accra, and going round the country to register people thereby telling people to stop going to their farms and various places of work to make time for registration etc etc etc. I wonder which example they are following or is it a whole new African model? If it is the European and American style then we have failed ab initio. You don't need to disrupt work and cause people to form long queues; it is diversified and gradual process giving people time to do it on their free times. National Identification Authority is unnecessary body in the country. It is not proper. But maybe I don't know much; somebody help me because:
A MISSION WITHOUT AMBITION IS LIKE A BIRD WITHOUT WINGS
Certainly not! We do not need a new authority for that. Too many cooks will spoil the national broth.
It's like Konadu Agyeman Rawlings launching 31st December womens movement when there was already a national council for women and development in place. And the day she showed Mrs Clinton that gari processing factories and day care centres was the only thing Ghanaian women have made great strides in was the day i put her in my black book.
There are existing authorities and Ministries that can handle this. It will be a boost to their organisation. Kuffour and his admin have their heart in the right place sometimes but other times they become too impulsive.
THE CRINGE FACTOR! WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THAT GOD MADE THREE WORLDS AND THAT I COME FROM THE THIRD WORLD. THE ISSUE OF RACE IS GEOGRAPHICAL AND NOT A STATUS SYMBOL AND NEITHER IS MY SKIN BLACK NOR YOURS WHITE.
Something I learnt from reading the biographies of two ex-heads of state is that governments like labor-intensive enterprises because they create jobs for lots more people than "efficient" enterprises which rely on a few highly productive people. I'm not saying though that's necessarily the rationale behind the actions of particular governments when they let there be "too many cooks".
So for the public sector in particular, you can't slim it down without ensuring you have a vibrant private sector to absorb the majority of people you want to shed. Otherwise what you end up with is plenty of social unrest. Of course, my private sector/private sector theorizing is educated guessing.
I understand your view point Paa Kwesi but may i point out that it is not a slimming down of any particular public sector that is at stake; rather a creation of another one. Nothing is being sacrificed for the new proposed project.
See, most of the organisations already existing (as mentioned by STEVEb)have this particular role already stipulated in their regulations albeit a bit dormant. Hence if a revival of that role needs to be undertaken its just a question of picking out the rotas from the archives where they have been gathering dust. It will equally create jobs for extra people and give them a safeguard because they are under the umbrella of an existing national organisation.
This is because new governments tend to do their own thing when they come on board. And we are in danger of having too many mushroom organisations springing up only to vanish and become defunct when another Government takes over. If say the NDC should win at the next election, you can be sure that they will sink this proposed new ship because it doesn't bear their flag or mandate. That is not to say that we do not need a shake -up of the public sector but it is better to deal with the tried and texted recognised old schools in certain respects. That way teething problems are overcome.
A MISSION WITHOUT AMBITION IS LIKE A BIRD WITHOUT WINGS.
Whether a well intentioned labour-intensive mambo jumbo or a slimming down pick pocket, the fact remains the same; this particular establishment is too unintellectual. My question is when every Ghanaian resident has registered and secured an ID what will be the fate of the National registration authority? Will they dissolve(adhoc)or wait till people's IDs expire and start going to them for fresh registration? What will they do during this waiting period, work lotto, sleep in offices or go to work late and close early just because there is nothing or very little to do?
However, if this was handled by the national population council and the births and deaths registry department in collaboration with the district assemblies, you would have nothing to fear after the big job is done.
I don't think the case of labour-intensive is necessary here because there is no set target to achieve within a stipulated time limit. The whole nation will be registered when the people see the need to possess the ID.
In any case, all that we are saying here are noisy jazz, the the Authority is already in place, but the future of it. Let's wait and see it become one big white elephant draining salaries from the lame national coffers with the 21.000 staffed centres.
I think one of the ministry's should haven take this up. This is more like the classic 'jobs for the boys' move by the NPP government.
Well, the authority is already in place so we wish them success in fulfilling their obligations.
I have seen the National ID campaigns on TV and I must say I am pleased with the efforts the government is taking to issue ID cards to citizens and other people alike.
Hopefully, this would be the beginning of taking control of our people's movement, taxes, etc.
Also, this campaign should be used to educate the populace about other programs like the NHIS, discipline, HIV-AIDS.
And if we can invest in identifying Ghanaians, we must orient ourselves into nation-building and socio-economic development.
The destiny of a nation at any given time depends on the opinions (and actions) of its young men and women.
I thank the government for the effort making about the national identification. I think is very important. But my concern is about the people who were selected to the help the public in the exercisers, especially the teachers. In fact i was at the Workshop which was held last month in the central Region, Winneba to be precise, and realized that the way the teachers were handled was very bad. To be more precise, the food they gave to them, and even the amount given to them as their transportation was also less in other words, very little. They did not even know how much they were going to collect after the excersise. Mean while they did not know where the Computer Operators will be sleeping when they come. Please i will plead that the Authorities Should rise and do something quickly about this problem to help achieve the aims of the National Identification.