Bawumia has revealed that starting next year, every newborn child in Ghana will be issued a national identification number within a month after birth.
Speaking at the programme dubbed“ Transforming An Economy Through Digitalization” held at Ashesi University in the Greater Accra region, Dr. Bawumia explained that the national identification number will be a lasting number for newborn babies until death. “Starting next year, every newborn child will within a month be issued a national identification number. So, when you are issued a number, it will be your number until death” He said.
However, the Vice President was quick to add that newborn babies will be given a paper card until they turn six years and older when their biometrics are fully formed, then they will be issued a card. He stated, “But you can only be issued a card when your biometrics are fully formed. That is when you are six years and going, then you will get the card. But now you will have a paper card which will give you your national identification number, which you will use all the way in life. Thanks to the Ghana Statistical Service for providing 13,000 tablets to the Ghana Health Service for this exercise.”
Dr. Bamuwia learned that his visit to the Births and Deaths Registry headquarters when he assumed office as the Vice President necessitated why there was the need to issue national identification numbers to Ghanaian newborn babies. After his engagement with staff members of the registry, he observed that they had three separate databases for deaths and births, which were not linked to each other.
“It turned out when I engaged with the deaths and births registry that they had three separate databases for births and deaths registry and none of these were talking to each other. It is therefore not surprising that corruption and fake certificates thrived in this environmental. ” He noted.
In addressing the issue, the Vice President disclosed that the process of digitalizing the births and deaths records is almost complete as the three databases have been merged with the Ghana Health Service, Ghana Immigration Service, National Identification and the Police Service. This will enable records to be consistent across these organizations. He added.