Chief executive of the National Identification Authority, Ken Attafuah, has disclosed that the Bank of Ghana (BoG) would from October 2019 direct all commercial banks in the country to accept the Ghana card as a means of identification.
When the Ghana card is accepted as a means of identification in banks, it will replace passport, drivers’ license and voter’s ID which are all mode of identification in banks currently.
“There is a verification platform that these banks ought to procure. We are in discussions with their regulator, latest by October this year the Bank of Ghana I believe would have issued the requisite instruction. They have engaged with the banks; we have engaged with the Association of Bankers through the Bank of Ghana for them to accept.” Professor Ken Attafuah stated in an interview with Joy FM
He added that “if it’s law that they are requiring, the law already makes it compulsory for the Ghana card to be required; wherever identity is to be verified or established the Ghana card shall be required.”
Prof. Attafuah thinks that some banks in the country are being disingenuous by not accepting the Ghana card. “everyday people from high and low places call…and are very frustrated by the refusal of some banks, I think it is just disingenuous.”
He said the banks have a duty to respect the law and to demand only the Ghana card.
Prof. Attafuah said the banks are having these challenges because some of them do not want to pay for the verification process.
Nonetheless, he maintained that this would soon be a thing of the past as the Bank of Ghana is moving to deal with the banks that have failed to accept the Ghana card.