The Foundation of Generational Thinkers (FOGET), has cautioned Government and the National Identification Authority (NIA) to be security cautious in the ongoing Ghana Card Registration exercise whiles indicating that there are criminals looking to sabotage the exercise.
This follows recent report of act of criminality by some officials of the Authority who attempted to register foreigners.
Whiles many have raised concerns regarding security, Government has time and again assured that they are on alert and on course to ensure that none other persons besides Ghanaians are registered.
Despite the assurance, FOGET, in a press statement issued by the National President Prosper Afetsi has cautioned officials of the NIA over the integrity of the exercise urging them to be wary of the wide security lapses and take measures.
According to the statement, if care is not taken the exercise could be infiltrated and hijacked by criminal elements within the society. It urges government to seriously and zealously guard the ongoing GhanaCard registration exercise.
"Acquiring a national identity card should involve more than just claiming you hail from a particular town and producing a birth certificate," FOGET intimated.
The non-governmental organization insists that the government must do anything possible to prevent foreigners and other undesirable elements from registering because they may later use the card for nefarious activities which will ultimately tarnish the country’s image and compromise her security.
They additionally bemoaned the fact that Ghana does not have a credible national identity card system whose procurement processes are foolproof and identifies the holder’s bona fide.
“There have been reports, corroborated by NIA officials admitting that some of their officials are in cahoots with foreigners to corrupt the ongoing exercise with monetary inducements.
“Some of these corrupt officials – both Ghanaians and mostly Nigerians - have been arrested but who knows how many of them have passed through the system undetected”, the statement stressed.
FOGET further called on government and the NIA to ensure all applicants are properly scrutinized before being handed the Ghana Card.
They urge government to allay the doubts throughout the process especially at a time when the threat of terrorism is on the rise in the ECOWAS sub-region.