Release: CSS Demands Compliance Report on NIA Ruling 

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The Centre for Socioeconomic Studies (CSS), guided by a recent ruling delivered by Her Ladyship, Justice Gifty Agyei Addo in the matter of Mr. Francis Kwarteng Arthur vs. The National Identification Authority (Suit No. HR/DJ22/18) with the Attorney General of Ghana as an interested party, is demanding a legal compliance report from the National Identification Authority (NIA) in respect of the requirements for the Ghana Card registration.

As regards Section 4 of Act 750, the court held that ALL the personal information required to be recorded in the register in respect of an individual who applies to be registered are MANDATORY. Specifically, the court averred on page 17 of the ruling that the wording of Section 4 of Act 750 “is mandatory with no exclusion to the information required”.

In line with the wisdom of the court, the CSS, through a letter to the Executive Secretary of the NIA, Prof. Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah, is requesting from the NIA details on its compliance with the MANDATORY provision of all 31 requirements, per Section 4 of Act 750, during its registration of applicants for the Ghana Card.

The compliance report, the CSS believes, will serve the public interest in clearing all doubts relating to the mandatory provision of all 31 requirements per the judgement.

The CSS awaits a positive response from the NIA in a week, failure of which the CSS will be compelled to invoke the
legal jurisdiction of relevant state authorities on the subject.

Thank you.
Albert Wotorgbui

Note:

The basis of the demands of the Centre for Socioeconomic Studies (CSS) is premised on the ruling of the Judge in the case, Francis Kwarteng Arthur Vs. NIA over the demand for Digital Address Codes before registering one for the Ghana Card, that the NIA must actually demand as “Mandatory with no exclusions” all 31 required pieces of information and documentation, including Zip code, TIN, Social Security Number etc.

Francis Arthur has appealed against the ruling of the learned Judge, but the CSS is demanding that the NIA actually implements the ruling until and unless it is set aside.

See relevant portions of the ruling attached.

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