Tue, 21 May 2024 Headlines

“44,000 airports now accept Ghana Card” – Bawumia

By Alhassan Tajudeen II Contributor
44,000 airports now accept Ghana Card  Bawumia

Ghana's Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has announced a major milestone in the nation's digital transformation journey, revealing that the Ghana Card is now accepted at 44,000 airports worldwide.

This development underscores the card's international recognition and its role in enhancing the global mobility of Ghanaians.

The Ghana card's integration with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) database means that Ghanaians can use it as a valid travel document in the event of a lost passport.

During his recent tour of the Upper West Region, Dr. Bawumia highlighted the importance of the Ghana Card as a digital identity tool.

"We have issued over 17.6 million Ghana cards," he stated, emphasizing its significance as a unique identifier for all Ghanaians.

"If you go abroad today, Canada, China, Australia, Germany, or wherever, and your passport gets lost, you can take your Ghana card and board a plane and come back to Ghana," Dr. Bawumia noted.

He stressed that the functionality provides a critical safety net for travelers, ensuring that they can return home without the usual bureaucratic hurdles.

"The Ghana Card's utility extends beyond travel, playing a pivotal role in the fight against corruption within the public sector," he stated.

Dr. Bawumia pointed out that requiring government employees to have a Ghana Card has been instrumental in identifying and eliminating ghost names - fictitious employees who fraudulently receive salaries.

"One of the things that I pushed for was to make sure all workers on government payroll had Ghana cards because we had the problem since the independence of ghost workers," Dr. Bawumia noted.

By linking payroll data to biometric information on the Ghana Card, he indicated that the government has effectively weeded out these ghost employees, leading to substantial financial savings.

In a striking example, Dr. Bawumia revealed that the National Service Scheme alone uncovered 44,000 ghost names, resulting in saving Ghana of over 400 million Ghana cedis. Similarly, the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) identified 19,000 ghost pensioners, saving more than 300 million Ghana cedis.

"The Ghana Card becomes very pivotal as a foundational document," Dr. Bawumia emphasized.