We can’t register everyone before the deadline for the sim re-registration exercise- NIA
The National Identification Authority (NIA) has disclosed that it would be impossible to register eligible persons in time for the deadline for the SIM card re-registration.
He said there were about two million people aged 15 and above left to be registered.
Addressing a press conference NIA Executive Secretary, Prof. Kenneth Attafuah, said, “there is no way that NIA can register those people. It is technically physically impossible.”
“We had said way back in March that it was impossible. I have said it is like expecting a maiden to make a baby every three months,” he added during a press conference on Friday.
“That is not how the physical and logistical system has been designed to respond. We cannot do that.”
Prof Attafuah also stated that the National Communications Authority was fully aware of these constraints when setting deadlines for SIM card re-registration.
He, on the other hand, stated that such matters were beyond his control.
“It is not for NIA to proffer advice on that as it falls outside its mandate,” said Prof Attafuah.
“However, I can say on authority that we have engaged actively with the National Communications Authority, and with the Minister [of Communications and Digitalisation] since last year.”