Ken Agyapong chases Attafuah over $1.2bn NIA cash

Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Ken Agyapong, has called for the immediate removal of the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority.

The legislator has labeled Professor Ken Attafuah as a non-performing asset and a liability, whose questionable activities could bring the NPP’s administration down.

“Akufo-Addo must sack this guy! He is simply incompetent. The whole NIA contract was fraught with corruption and underhand dealings,” Ken Agyapong alleged.

Mr Agyapong disclosed that he was fronting for an Indian company that was ready to accept $50 million to conduct the exercise, but Prof. Attafuah unilaterally blocked the deal and later handed it to his preferred choice.

“Ken Attafuah has failed Akufo-Addo and Ghanaians. He is just a talkative. He knows nothing about what he is doing. How can a population of 30 million use $1.2 billion for identification cards? He is robbing everyone,” Mr Agyapong stated.

He says the inability of the NIA to proceed with registration despite the frequent postponements is sheer incompetence.

The MP made the call on Adom TV on Tuesday.

The nationwide registration exercise of the Ghana card was scheduled to have started in the Greater Accra Region on Monday, but some officers who lined up on Monday to get registered return to their bases in disappointment.

The exercise was to begin at 7:00am at some key state agencies and institutions like Jubilee House, Parliament, Judicial Service and the various security bodies, but NIA officials failed to show up citing technical hitches as the cause.

There was no official statement from NIA regarding the absence of its officials at registration centres.

Commenting on the turn of event, Mr Agyapong asked Prof. Attafuah to offer vivid explanation on why NIA after spending $1.2 billion on the project could still not service their equipment.

He added that if given the opportunity, he would contract a company that would accept far less of what the country is currently paying for the exercise.

The Ghana Card project, which seeks to modernize and formalize the Ghanaian economy, was one of the campaign promises of the New Patriotic Party.

Government has said it will in the establishment of a credible national database and serve as the primary ID card that citizens will use to access all services in the country, including even travelling within the West African sub-region.

When fully implemented the Ghana Card will be the only valid ID for application for a bank account, passport, telephone number, property acquisition, driver’s license and many more.

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