Mr Rawlings, who founded the NDC on which ticket all the minority MPs were elected to parliament passed these comments by his action of availing himself for the Ghana Card registration when his party, led by the Minority in parliament were kicking against it and have advised all NDC members to stay away.
Founder of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), former President John Rawlings has made a clear public statement directed to all members of his party, NDC, calling on them to put Ghana first by making themselves available for the Ghana Card registration exercise, and not to heed to the ‘noise’ of the minority in parliament, MyNewsGH.com can report.
Mr Rawlings had himself registered without any verbal comments, but action, the saying goes, speaks louder than words, the former President may be suggesting to NDC Members. He has himself on occasions used the saying in ‘booming’ at the NDC.
His wife, Nana Konadu, who is no longer a member of the NDC also allegedly registered, MyNewsGH.com learnt, while Zanetor Rawlings, NDC MP, refused to partake in solidarity with her colleagues in parliament as the exercise for the former first family who were given a special privilege took place.
The Minority in parliament have boycotted the registration of the Ghana Card with wide support from NDC members who like their MPs agree the voters ID card be allowed for use for registration.
Many have questioned the sincerity of the NDC minority for making ‘noise’ now and boycotting the Ghana Card when they were in parliament and okayed the National Identification Act which limited the criteria to passport and birth certificate.
The Minority in Parliament, aside the Voters ID concerns announced a boycott of the registration exercise at Parliament for the national ID cards citing legal, procurement and cost concerns.
In a statement, the Minority leader and Tamale South MP said the National Identification Authority (NIA) has not been honest with the Ghanaian people over the cost of the project with two figures – $1.4billion and $293 million, – according to reports.
MyNewsGH.com even reported how Assin Central MP Honourable Kennedy Agyapong said he could do same for less.
The registration exercise is a key government initiative to collect data for economic planning purposes and to formalize the economy.
Since 1973, Ghana has tried to provide its citizens a functional national ID card. But logistical and financial support have hampered government’s ability to provide the cards.
Six months to the end of the John Kufour administration, the NIA began mass registration of Ghanaians for the unique ID card from July 2008 and May 2010.
A total of 11 million people in six regions were registered in the process. Since the issuance of the cards were not instant, collection of the card started later in 2011. But private and government institutions rejected it.
The latest attempt under the Akufo-Addo government has also been postponed several times since the President launched it in September 2017 but has now started with an NDC boycott which is now rendered moot by the actions of the party’s founder.