The National Identification Authority (NIA) is not responsible for some Ghanaians not having their Ghana Card, according to its Executive Secretary, Professor Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah.
He said the NIA has done a great job in registering most of the people on the Ghana Identity register and giving them their Ghana Card.
Many people rushed to the NIA offices to get their Ghana Card so that they could re-register their mobile SIM cards.
Some people got angry as they had to wait in long lines to get their Ghana Card before the deadline set by the telecommunication companies.
Prof. Ken Attafuah, speaking about the large crowds that came to the NIA offices because of the deadline by telcos, urged Ghanaians to avoid procrastination.
He said: “Most of the Ghanaians who are coming to our offices today have no right to blame us because we did not fail to offer our services to them.
“Some of them registered but did not collect their cards and we still have over 651,000 cards with NIA because the owners did not come for them.”
Prof. Ken Attafuah added that many of these people are still alive but their cards are lying at the regional and district offices of NIA.
He also said that some people lied about losing their Ghana cards even though they never collected them from where they registered.
He explained that NIA has registered over 17.4 million Ghanaians on the Ghana Identity register and has set up 276 district offices that match with regional offices to continue with registration.
The NIA boss also said that about 4,000 registrants have not received their cards because they gave false information during registration and are being investigated.
He asked the public to cooperate with NIA by going to their various offices across the country to register or collect their Ghana cards.