Holders of Ghana Card will be able to travel to EU countries using only the new ID cards, Chief Executive Officer of the National Identification Authority, Prof Kenneth Attafuah, has said.
This is however dependent on whether Ghana successfully signs onto a pending protocol agreement with the European Union (EU), the NIA boss explained.
“This instant card we are issuing is the first of its kind in any part of the world. You get a passport on it that can make you travel anywhere in West Africa. And when Ghana signs the protocol with the EU, you will be able to travel with the Ghana Card anywhere in Europe,” Prof Attafuah has been quoted as saying on Starr FM, an Accra-based radio station.
Registration of Ghanaians for the Ghana card is currently ongoing.
To be eligible to register, a person must present their passport or birth certificate as a means of identification.
Otherwise, they are to present two witnesses who have been issued with a Ghana card to vouch for them.
President keen on success
Prof Attafuah also said on the radio station that President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is keenly following the progress of the card issuance.
”I can tell you that the President is very interested in what we are doing, it is a key deliverable to him and we are always having meetings over it.
“I met him last week and I have met him this week over it. He wants to know what is happening, what challenges we are facing and why the Ghanaian people are stressing and I feel the pain, too, but we will deliver on this project”, Prof Attafuah said.