Ag. NIA Boss Describes as "Misinformation" Corruption Allegation Made By Assin Central MP
| Updated Sep 02, 2017 at 5:24pm
Prof. Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah.
The Acting Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Prof. Ken Attafuah has described as “misinformation” allegations of bribery and corruption leveled against the Minister of Communication, Mrs. Minister Ursula Owusu Ekuful and himself by Assin Central Member of Parliament, (MP) Kennedy Agyepong.
According him, the MP is misleading the public, “he is completely wrong, what he has given to the world is misinformation”.
Mr. Agyepong accused the NIA of collecting monies from foreign investors stating it disregarded his bid for a contract to print NIA cards in favour of more expensive bidders.
However, Prof. Attafuah who has been silence for sometime now, called into Joy FM’s newsfile program on Saturday to set the records straight.
Prof Attafuah said no new contract has been awarded since President Akufo-Addo led government came into power.
“NIA has not signed a contract, neither has the Akufo-Addo presidency or government signed a contract with margins or any company whatsoever”
“National Identification Authority has not opened a bid for the National identification authority project. NIA has not received any bid or any submission from any entity or body or for whatsoever. Hon Kennedy Agyepong has not submitted any bid to the NIA in respect of the National ID project."
Explaining further, the Ag. NIA Boss said, the scope of agreement signed in 2012 with Identity Management System which is a subsidiary of the Margins Group of companies is only being expanded under this new arrangement.
“NIA has not evaluated any bid from any quarters at all in connection with this matter”.
According to him, “What the government has decided to do following the report of a technical committee established by the vice president to advice government on what to do about the NIA is that government had determined that the existing contractual agreement between the NIA and Identity Management System which is a subsidiary of the Margins Group of companies for the production of ID cards to foreigners lawfully resident in this country constitute a viable framework for giving to the people of Ghana a robust, modern national smart card and identification system.
“It is important to distinguish this matters carefully, in other words an existing agreement for the production of ID card for foreigners the scope of that agreement is being expanded to cover Ghanaians, that agreement has existed since 2012 and cards has been produced instantly for foreigners and that agreement which was a PPP agreement between the IMF and NIA … has a provision for that agreement to be expanded to cover Ghanaians” he further explained.
Adding that, the technical committee which arrived at the above decision had officials from DVLA, NIA, SSNIT, Electoral Commission, Passport office and all those connected with identity management systems.