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President Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed Prof. Ken Agyeman Attafuah as the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA).
The criminologist and former deputy chair of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) will be serving in an acting capacity until a governing council of the NIA is constituted to approve his appointment in “consultation with the Public Services Commission”.
Prof. Attafuah is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Central University.
The Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia last Wednesday chaired a consultative meeting at the seat of government to kick off the National Identification project which has been on ice for some time now.
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has served notice it hopes to complete the National Identification project within the first year of its administration, in fulfillment of a manifesto pledge to complete the registration of all residents in Ghana under the National Identification Scheme.
The aim is to establish an integrated Data Warehouse of databases from key public institutions, using the National Identification System as the unique identifier for data items, and automating the processes involved in accessing public services at both national and local government offices.