NIA announces indefinite suspension of registration exercise despite court greenlight
On the day the Accra High Court gave the National Identification Authority the go ahead with its citizens registration exercise, the Authority has announced, it will not.
In a statement, the NIA the decision not to resume took “into account the current trend in the spread of COVID-19 in Ghana”
Ghana has recorded 136 cases as of the time of the press release Friday. The NIA had already suspended the exercise last week Saturday after it was served with an injunction.
The Attorney-General challenged the injunction, calling for a speedy hearing. The Accra High Court delivered judgement on the case Friday, dismissing the suit.
The NIA has welcomed the ruling but has said the mass registration exercise previously suspended is now indefinitely suspended.
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NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION AUTHORITY
27th March 2020
To All Media Houses
For immediate release
INDEFINITE SUSPENSION OF MASS REGISTRATION IN THE EASTERN REGION
The National Identification Authority (NIA) announces the indefinite suspension of the mass registration exercise in the Eastern Region until further notice.
This decision follows a careful assessment of the registration exercise carried out in the Eastern Region between Wednesday, 4th March 2020 and Friday, 20th March 2020.
The decision to suspend the registration follows a careful assessment of the exercise in the region so far. It also takes into account the current trend in the spread of COVID-19 in Ghana since the suspension of the mass registration exercise on Saturday, 21st March 2020, following the service on the NIA of an interlocutory injunction application.
The NIA welcomes the dismissal by the High Court of the interlocutory injunction application and the substantive suit. Nonetheless, NIA will continue to suspend its mass registration operations in the Eastern Region until further notice.
NIA will use the period of suspension to continue with its preparations toward the establishment of its Regional, Municipal and District Offices and arrange for the co-location of its registration services at some of its cognate institutions such as National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), among other responsibilities.
Meanwhile, NIA will continue to observe developments relating to the management of COVID-19 in Ghana and will determine, at the appropriate time, when and how to resume its mass registration operations.
SGND: ACI. FRANCIS PALMDETI
HEAD, CORPORATE AFFAIRS, NIA