The National Identification Authority (NIA) says it has not suspended the mass registration exercise as reported in the Saturday, January 16, 2008 issue of the Daily Graphic.
The Executive Secretary, Prof Kenneth Attafuah and the Head of Public Relations, Ms Bertha Dzeble responding to the article said the mass registration exercise was not on hold but merely delayed to enable the NIA undertake the necessary logistical mobilisation for the next exercise which will start in the Volta Region.
They said all officials recruited for the registration exercise and the mobile registration work station (MRWs) operators were currently on stand-by to get into the field.
The NIA is yet to set the date for the exercise in the Volta Region, pending the release of funds for the exercise from the government, Prof Attafuah added.
They expressed displeasure at the article, as it created the erroneous impression that the NIA had taken the decision to suspend the exercise when that was not so.
They also said the commencement of the exercise was in no way tied to the transition period, but merely delayed due to the fact that the compilation of the necessary information on the previous exercise undertaken in the Eastern Region to effect payment of allowances had delayed.
That had to be effected and money released for the next exercise in the Volta Region.
We will just be delayed by days, and we will make up for it on the field, Prof Attafuah said.
DAILY GRAPHIC, TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009, PG 31