The NIA Online Registration Pressure Causes Official Website To Shut Down as reported by Mfidie.com – Ghana’s Finest tech Blog.
The official website of the National Identification Authority has been forced to shut down due to the mass registration that is taking place via the internet.
This as a result when visited by a Staff at ICTCatalogue.com to check whether it’s true as reported, it has been confirmed that the official website has been forced to shut down by the National Identification Authority as Ghanaians jumped onto the web portal to start their registration process for their Ghana card.
As announced by the Authority on Friday, the official website https://register.nia.gov.gh is temporarily unavailable for public usage, with the explanation that, “the site has been unusual traffic occasioning its temporary shutdown.” This effect took place at exactly 9:51pm on Friday 17th may, 2019.
Based on statement made by the NIA officials, it stated clearly that the portal was meant to be launched formally when all the operational and technical components are ready, but following the announcement by NIA’s Executive Secretary about the possibility for people to register there, its usage went up.
There’s a kicked start by the NIA officials which is a national exercise to get a national identification card for each and every Ghanaian. This project as it’s ongoing, is available in some selected districts in Greater Accra.
The exercise has been characterized by long queues as a huge number of people troop to the registration centres that are provided.
As stated by the National Identification Authority, “It must be pointed out that an applicant who fills the registration form online will go through the interview process at the registration centre. For the avoidance of doubt, we restate the registration process below.”
Before the Ghana Card can be issued, an applicant has to go through the steps below;
- A registration official interviews the applicant and assists him/her to fill an application form with the required personal details. An applicant who fills the form online will only be interviewed.
- An MRW operator then keys in personal details of the applicant from the completed application form and scans any other additional documents (other type of identification cards – Voter’s ID, SSNIT, DVLA etc.) that the applicant may have.
- The MRW operator also captures the applicant’s biometric data including fingerprint, iris, photograph & signature.
- A printed slip specifying informaton captured is given to the applicant to confirm that the information captured is accurate before the card can be printed.
- The card is printed, after which the applicant is required to authenticate his/her fingerprints with a verification officer to render the card activated.
“We apologize for any inconvenience caused”
“Meanwhile the NIA has seen on social media the circulation of a link purporting to inform the general public “on steps to get your card at the office quickly” and thereby directing people to this webpage https://bit.ly/RegisterGhanaCardOnline. The NIA official wishes to disassociate itself from the given link and accordingly cautions the general public about it.”