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34,712 Chinese among 161,007 foreigners with Ghanacard

Out of the 161,007 citizens from 202 foreign countries that have been issued with Non-citizen National Identity card (Ghanacard), Chinese top the list with 34,712 cards.

This means that Chinese constitute 22% of total foreigners issued with non-citizens Ghanacard.
Professor Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah, Executive Secretary, National Identification Authority (NIA), disclosed this in Accra at a media engagement.

According to him, Nigerians constituted the second-largest citizens with non-citizen Ghanacard with a total of 25,873 cards.


India is at third position with 20,110 bearers of non-citizen Ghanacard.

other nationals

He said Germans constituted with 4,329 Lebanon-4,324, United Kingdom (UK)-4,133, South Africa-3,194; 2,222, Cote D’Ivoire-2,150 and Gabon-1,958 cards.

17.1m people enrolled
Prof Attafuah said as of September 15, 2022, a total of 17.1 million (17,163,081) people had been enrolled onto the NIA system.

15.8 cards issued
He noted that 16.6 million (16,627,326) cards printed, and 15.8 million (15,869,026) cards issued.

He assured that the Authority had introduced a robust system to verify all cards of Ghanaians for the purpose of transacting businesses with banks and to verify non-citizens who would use the card to apply for or renew their residence permit, open or run a bank account in the country.

On the celebration of the International Identity Day, Prof Attafuah asked African countries to heighten efforts to ensure that the citizenry had legal identity to foster social, economic and political inclusion.

He said the country would leave no chance in ensuring that the Ghana card became “the single source of proof,” noting that the Authority, since January 2021, introduced a verification system, which made banks authenticate individuals who used the card for various transactions.

“With this verification system, if you go to the bank with or without your Ghana card, with your fingerprint, the bank is able to verify your identity as part of KYC (Know Your Customer) and give you a service,” Prof Attafuah noted.

The Executive Secretary hinted that NIA would from November 2022 start the registration of Ghanaians abroad and embark on an exercise to register children in the country between the ages of four to 15 in December 2022.

Meanwhile, registration for the card for refugees would start next week, Prof Attafuah said.

He said continuous registration would also be carried out in all 16 designated regional and all 275 district offices of NIA.

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