Fri. Jun 21st, 2024

The Director of Communications for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Mr Richard Ahiagbah has said that the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is moving the country in the right direction with initiatives such as the issuance of National Identification numbers to newborns.

He appealed to all Ghanaians to support the government to do more for the country.

“Newborns will be issued with Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) in a month or two. The first baby was issued a PIN on 21st July 2023 to demonstrate the interchange among the databases of the National Identification Authority the Birth & Death Registry, and the Ghana Health Service.

“The Ghana Card itself will be printed when the child turns 6 years and his/her fingerprints are fully formed to capture the bio-data. Imagine the advance in development if the NDC had prioritized the Ghana Card. All the same, this government is moving Ghana in the right direction and Ghanaians must support it to do more for Ghana,” Mr Ahiagbah tweeted.

Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia announced that all was set for the historic issuance of National Identification numbers, better known as Ghana Card numbers, to newborn babies in Ghana.

This follows the successful integration of the databases of the Births and Deaths Registry, the National Identification Authority, and the Ghana Health Service.

The Vice President, who made the disclosure on Saturday, July 22, said the first such Ghana Card number was issued to a newborn baby on Friday, July 21 after a successful test run of the system.

“The work of integrating the databases has been completed, The full test was done yesterday, and I am happy to say that the first Ghana Card number for a baby was issued yesterday.

“So in the next month or two, all babies born in Ghana, once they take them to Weigh In, will be issued the Ghana Card number and also get their Birth Certificate Identification number at the same time, because the two databases are talking to each other. The nationality of the parents will be established as part of the process.”

“This is very transformational,” Dr. Bawumia noted, explaining that they will have these numbers from the time they are babies till they pass away.

Officials of the National Identification Authority (NIA) say cards bearing the biometrics and other data will be issued to the children when they are older after their digits and other features are fully formed.

Speaking in Cape Coast at the 75th Anniversary celebrations of Ghana National College, Dr. Bawumia emphasized that the issuance of ID numbers at birth was an integral part of the government’s ongoing digitalization agenda, designed to prepare the nation to fully partake in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Ghana Card is increasingly becoming the single source of proof of identity, with the unique number serving several purposes including Social Security, Health Insurance, and Tax Identification number.

Ghana National College

Hailing the impact Ghana National College has had on Ghana’s pre-and post-colonial life, Vice President Bawumia challenged management, staff, and students in educational institutions to embrace the possibilities offered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve teaching, problem-solving, and critical thinking, noting that it could be deployed meaningfully to bridge the gap between the developed and developing world.

“If we are in agreement that the boys and girls in our schools today are being trained to compete on the global stage, there is every justification for our students to be given exposure to AI.

“Government’s ongoing digitalization agenda is ample testimony of its appreciation of AI and the commitment to ensure that this country is not left behind. We have focused on pursuing digitalization as part of our economic strategy because the Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us and we must be part of the modern world…

“Whilst Government will do its part by leading the charting of a pathway to the deployment of meaningful AI in our national life, I expect our educational authorities to devise and deploy innovative teaching strategies that factor in ICT as a key ingredient,” he added.


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