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Ghana Card: NIA employees guilty of enrolling unqualified applicants

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The NIA has warned its employees and the general public not to break the law or the NIA's Standard Operating Procedures. It stated, "Persons found culpable will face the full consequences of the law."

The police have obtained a bench warrant for the search and arrest of an accused Fulani herdsman, Amadu Seeta, for obtaining a Ghana Card without following conventional operating protocols.

George Kwame Essien, an Assistant Technical Enrolment Officer (ATEO) of the National Identification Authority (NIA) at the Walewale District Office in the North East Region, who supported Seeta in registering for the Ghana Card, was convicted.

The NIA stated on November 30, 2023, in a statement, “On 26th November 2023, the Police Investigation Unit of NIA Head Office, Accra, initiated an inquiry into alleged misconduct by Mr George Kwame Essien. The investigation focused on the registration of an unqualified applicant, Amadu Seeta (currently at large), an alleged Fulani herdsman, who received an ECOWAS Identity Card without following standard operating procedures.”

The NIA has warned its employees and the general public not to break the law or the NIA’s Standard Operating Procedures.

It stated, “Persons found culpable will face the full consequences of the law.”

Read the statement by the NIA below

For Immediate Release:

NIA Addresses Misconduct Leading to Conviction of Assistant Technical Enrolment Officer.

The National Identification Authority (NIA) informs the public of the recent conviction of Mr. George Kwame Essien, an Assistant Technical Enrolment Officer (ATEO) of the Authority, at the Walewale District Office in the North East Region.

On 26th November 2023, the Police Investigation Unit of NIA Head Office, Accra, initiated an inquiry into alleged misconduct by Mr. George Kwame Essien. The investigation focused on the registration of an unqualified applicant, Amadu Seeta (currently at large), an alleged Fulani herdsman, who received an ECOWAS Identity Card without following standard operating procedures.

The investigation uncovered that on 25th September 2023, Essien registered Amadu Seeta without adhering to due process. Seeta did not meet the necessary registration requirements, prompting Essien to forge NIA Form One and an Oath of Identity Form belonging to Braimah Seini. Mr. Frank Donkor, an Assistant Registration Officer, detected irregularities and promptly retrieved the card from Seeta, who subsequently fled the scene. Following a comprehensive investigation, George Kwame Essien pleaded guilty on 29th November 2023 before the Tamale District Court II.

Consequently, he was convicted and sentenced to seven months’ imprisonment on count two (Forgery of Document, Contrary to section 158 of the Criminal Offences Act 1960, Act 29), and six months each on counts 1 (Abetment of Crime, Contrary to section 20(1) of the Criminal Offences Act 1960, Act 29, and section 40 (1) (A) of the National Identity Register Act 2008, Act 750), 3 (Causing an unauthorized interference with electronic records, Contrary to section 125 of the Electronic Transaction Act 2008, Act 772), and 4 (Causing an unauthorized modification of information, Contrary to section 40 (1) (g) of the National Identity Register Act 2008, Act 750), with all sentences to run concurrently. Essien has been handed over to the Tamale Prisons Authority to serve his sentence.

A bench warrant has been issued for the search and arrest of suspect Amadu Seeta, who remains at large, to stand trial.

Through this release, the NIA emphasizes to all staff and the general public that violations of the law and NIA’s Standard Operating Procedures will not be tolerated. Persons found culpable will face the full consequences of the law.

The NIA remains resolute and steadfast in its commitment to upholding the rule of law, without fear or favour, and promoting integrity, patriotism, and decency in the workplace.

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Corporate Affairs Directorate
30th November 2023

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Audrey Gadzekpo argues that an anti-gay bill is harmful to society

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In a conversation with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Citi FM's Eyewitness News, Prof Gadzekpo emphasised the critical significance of protecting rights and freedoms in a constitutional democracy. When asked if she thought the law was unwholesome, she responded, "Absolutely and without any doubt in my opinion," adding, "I don't even think they had a quorum. I saw an empty room on TV."

Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, Board Chair of the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), described the Anti-Gay Bill as damaging to social well-being.

Ghana’s parliament approved the tough law on Wednesday, February 28, which calls for a potential five-year jail sentence for forming or sponsoring LGBTQ+ groups.

The measure has received support from both main political parties and now seeks President Nana Akufo-Addo’s assent to become law.

Individuals who engage in banned actions might face a jail term ranging from 6 months to 3 years, while sponsors and promoters could face a 3 to 5-year prison sentence.

In a conversation with Umaru Sanda Amadu on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News, Prof Gadzekpo emphasised the critical significance of protecting rights and freedoms in a constitutional democracy.

When asked if she thought the law was unwholesome, she responded, “Absolutely and without any doubt in my opinion,” adding, “I don’t even think they had a quorum. I saw an empty room on TV.”

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NAGRAT advocates for reconsideration of the Free SHS policy

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According to a research by Africa Education Watch, the average government spending on Senior High School (SHS) pupils between 2017/18 and 2021/22 academic years. The survey found that the government paid GH¢1,241 per student under the Free SHS regime, whereas parents spent GH¢4,185 annually throughout the same period. This underlined the government's policy issues, as its budget credibility rating steadily fell over the 2019/20 and 2021/22 academic years. Based on this backdrop, NAGRAT is certain that a review will alleviate the burden on parents.

The National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) has urged for a reconsideration of the policy so that parents who can afford it can pay their children’s tuition and other expenditures.

The Association feels that this will reduce part of the government’s burden.

According to research by Africa Education Watch, the average government spending on Senior High School (SHS) pupils between 2017/18 and 2021/22 academic years.

The survey found that the government paid GH¢1,241 per student under the Free SHS regime, whereas parents spent GH¢4,185 annually throughout the same period.

This underlined the government’s policy issues, as its budget credibility rating steadily fell over the 2019/20 and 2021/22 academic years.
Based on this backdrop, NAGRAT is certain that a review will alleviate the burden on parents.

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Chiefs stage demonstration against mining near Kwanyarko Water Works

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Local leaders led the community members in their intense opposition to the proposed mining project, citing probable environmental damage and the threat to their principal supply of water as grounds. Agona Kwanyarko is strongly reliant on the waterworks for clean and safe drinking water, and any disruption to its operation might have serious effects for the population.

Chiefs and villagers of Agona Kwanyarko, in the Central Region’s Agona East District, have taken to the streets to protest President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Minerals Commission.

The rally is in response to the government’s stated plans to start mining near the Agona Kwanyarko water facilities.

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Local leaders led the community members in their intense opposition to the proposed mining project, citing probable environmental damage and the threat to their principal supply of water as grounds.

Agona Kwanyarko is strongly reliant on the waterworks for clean and safe drinking water, and any disruption to its operation might have serious effects on the population.

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During the demonstration, protestors held banners and chanted slogans protesting the government’s decision to allow mining near the waterworks.

They emphasised the importance of preserving their natural resources and demanded urgent action to prohibit any mining activity that threatened their access to pure water.

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