I didn’t disregard human lives by continuing with mass registration – NIA boss

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The Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Prof. Ken Attafuah has strongly rejected accusation by section of the public of the Authority’s disregard for human lives by continuing with its registration process in spite of the outbreak of coronavirus in Ghana.

The NIA and its Boss came under heavy flak from a section of the public when they failed to comply with President Akufo Addo’s ban on public gatherings as the Authority publicly indicated that it was proceeding with the registration exercise as it has put in place measures to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

But in an interview with Kasapa News, Prof. Attafuah stated that his outfit was simply complying with the law.

“…When you can take precautionary measures, hygienic measures and all of those things and you can still do your work in safety then you go back and do your work. If you can do your work safely but a court order is retraining you until when the disease is eradicated then NIA statutory duty to conduct mass registration cannot happen. That is what is the issue for us.”

Prof. Attafuah also denied claims that he solely took the decision go to ahead with the registration exercise.

“…The governance structure that I talked about doesn’t end with the Board, there is also a Minister responsible for the National Identification system. That Minister is a Minister of State at the Presidency[Dr Anthony Akoto Osei]. So decisions doesn’t begin with Ken Attafuah and end with Ken Attafuah. It is not a simple matter of Ken Attafuah getting up and making a decision.”

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