The Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Professor Kenneth Agyemang Attafua, insisted that his team made no mistake when it refused to postpone the registration for Ghana cards in the Eastern Region during the COVID-19 outbreak of the country.

According to him, the NIA was very careful to comply with all COVID-19 security protocols during mass registration in the region.

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The NIA was under intense pressure for continuing with the registration after many believed it has violated social distance rules.

Although the NIA was reluctant at the time, the exercise was cancelled on March 27, 2020, when the country had registered 132 cases of coronavirus.

Professor Attafua said in an interview with Citi TV on Tuesday that body did the right thing.

“NIA did the right thing and I insist. I really supported it. We only followed the President’s directives.”

“The president also said that businesses and other jobs can continue to operate according to social distance and personal hygiene protocols, and that is what the NIA was doing.”

Professor Attafua explained that social distance and other security measures were used at all registration centres at that time.

“The NIA’s board of directors discovered that, given the President’s ban on public meetings and guidelines for maintaining social distance and hygiene protocols, mass registration can continue, we have taken steps to ensure that they apply to maintain social distance and personal hygiene,” Attafua explained.

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