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Ghana card at birth is a step to national development - NPP UK-Bristol chapter lauds Dr Bawumia and NPP Gov’t

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NPP UK-Bristol chapter has commended Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia for ensuring the implementation of the Ghana Card at Birth policy.

A statement from the chapter signed by Mr Michael Ampadu said the move is a step toward national development after citing a similar method used in the United Kingdom (UK).

Read the statement below.

The introduction of the Ghana card number at birth initiative signifies a significant step towards establishing a comprehensive national identity system in Ghana. This initiative, which assigns a unique identification number to newborns, has several important implications for the country, particularly in the areas of governance, social services, and security.

To better understand the importance of this initiative, it is instructive to contrast it with the systems in developed countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States. In developed countries like the UK and the US, national identification systems have long been in place, with unique identification numbers or cards issued to citizens at different stages of their lives.

For instance, in the UK, individuals are assigned a National Insurance number at the age of 16, which serves as a key identifier for taxation, social security, and healthcare services. Similarly, in the US, Social Security numbers are assigned to citizens at birth, providing a universal identification number that is used in various aspects of life, including employment, taxation, and benefits administration.

Comparing the Ghana card number at birth initiative to the systems in developed countries highlights the potential benefits and challenges associated with such a program. One of the key advantages of having a unique identification number from birth is the ability to track individuals throughout their lives, enabling better provision of services and targeted interventions.

In countries like the UK and the US, this has proven instrumental in ensuring the efficient delivery of social services and implementing welfare programs effectively. Moreover, a national identification system starting from birth can enhance security and reduce instances of identity fraud and duplication.

By having a centralized database of citizens' identities, governments can verify individuals more accurately and prevent the misuse of personal information. This is particularly crucial in today's digital age, where identity theft and cybercrimes pose significant risks to individuals and the state. On the other hand, implementing a national identification system, especially from birth, comes with challenges related to privacy concerns, data protection, and administrative complexities.

In developed countries, debates around the balance between national security and individual privacy have been ongoing, with calls for robust safeguards to protect citizens' personal information from exploitation and misuse. As Ghana moves forward with the Ghana Card Number at birth initiative, it is essential to learn from the experiences of developed countries and adopt best practices to address potential challenges.

Ensuring transparency, accountability, and data security will be key to gaining public trust and fostering wider acceptance of the national identification system. By leveraging the lessons learned from countries like the UK and the US, Ghana can harness the full potential of the Ghana card number at birth initiative to drive sustainable development, enhance governance, and improve citizens' lives.
                                                  
Mr. Michael Ampadu
Doctoral Researcher, University of Bristol, Communications Director 
NPP UK Bristol Chapter

Mr. Michael Ampadu

 

source: Theannouncergh.com