Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful and officials of the National Identification Authority will today, June 12, 2018 face Parliament to answer questions on the Ghana Card which is being rolled out in phases.
Questions regarding the initial botched roll out and the cost of the project and procurement processes used are expected to feature prominently when the minister appears before the House.
The Minority on Monday boycotted a planned registration of Parliamentarians by the National Identification Authority for the new Ghana Card.
A statement signed by Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu stated that the decision was taken due to the failure of the NIA to engage Members of Parliament to clarify a number of issues relating to the roll out of the exercise.
The minority in the statement is also raising questions about the cost, scope and legality of the project as well as registration requirements. According to the minority members, until those issues are cleared by the NIA, they will not take part in the planned registration.
Minority spokesperson on legal affairs Inusah Fuseini told Starr News the NIA should come clear on the cost, scope and legality of the project.
“Initially, the NIA said the cost of the Ghana card project would cost $1.2 billion and then they later backtracked and said it will cost $293 million, but information available to us indicates that the figure is $1.4billion and not [$239million]. They said they’re doing this over a 15-year period”.