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Aug 5, 2013

National Identification Authority, Ghana Immigration Service Settle Issue on Mandate to Register Foreigners

The National Identification Authority, (NIA) and the Ghana Immigration Service, (GIS) have cleared the air on which of the two Institutions is qualified to register foreigners living in the country.

The two institutions agreed that the NIA is mandated by the Constitution to register foreigners.

There were ambiguities on which of the two institutions is qualified to conduct the exercise.

Speaking on GTV's Current Affairs Programme, "Talking Point", the Head of Public Affairs at the Immigration Service, Francis Palmdeti said the Service records the data on the foreign nationals at the entry point.

He said the Immigration Service will provide resident data of the foreigners before cards are issued to them.

Mr Palmdeti has been explaining further the purpose of the registration of foreign nationals.

The Solicitor General at the National Identification Authority, Joseph Iroko said data collected by the Authority will be used by other government agencies.

He said the Authority is not usurping the functions of the Immigration Service.

The Managing Director of Identity Management Systems, Francis Oye said his organisation is responsible for identifying gaps within the NIA identification and GIS registration of foreign national.

Source: GBC