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JUST IN: NIA sacks 7 officials in Ashanti Region

Source: ABCNewsGh.com

The National Identification Authority has dismissed 7 officials it contracted for the ongoing mass registration exercise in the Ashanti Region, ABC News can report.

The 7, made up of Commissioners of Oath, Registration Officers and Mobile Registration Workstation Operator, were interdicted on January 9 following allegations of malpractices and breach of the regulations governing their conduct.

According to the NIA, four out of the 7, “Acting in concert and without lawful authority, carried away from NIA Registration Centre, registration materials to private premises for the purpose of registering officials of a certain bank.”

 

One person, Margaret Agyei, Supervising Registration Officer of the New Suame Church of Pentecost Centre in Kumasi, who was interdicted together with the dismissed officials, was declared to be innocent of the allegations levelled against her.

She has, thus, been reinstated to continue with her duties.

The NIA in its press release issued and signed by Francis Palmdeti, Head of Corporate Relations, stated on the case of Margaret Agyei, “The NIA’s internal investigations have however concluded that Margaret Agyei did not misconduct herself. She is accordingly reinstated with all her entitlements fully restored.”

“This brings to ten (10), the number of NIA registration officials dismissed for misconduct in the registration exercise currently underway in the Ashanti Region,” the NIA added.

Read below the full release of the NIA;

NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION AUTHORITY:

PUBLIC NOTICE:

The National Identification Authority (NIA) wishes to inform the general public, particularly residents of the Ashanti Region of the following:

A. CARD ISSUANCE AND REGISTRATION

1. All registration centres within the Ashanti Region will remain open for card collection till Wednesday, 22nd January 2020;

2. Some registration centres across the region will continue to register applicants till Saturday, 18th January 2020. This is to help ameliorate the adverse effects of the challenges encountered at some registration centres in the region.

B. DISCIPLINARY ISSUES

Seven (7) NIA registration officials who were interdicted on 9th January 2020 have now been dismissed following the conclusion of administrative investigations by the NIA. The dismissals take immediate effect.

The dismissed officers are:

1. MARTIN AWATEY – Commissioner for Oaths (CFO), New Suame Church of Pentecost Centre in Kumasi.

2. MUSAH ALHASSAN – Registration Officer (RO), New Suame Church of Pentecost Centre in Kumasi.

3. PHILIP OSEI – Mobile Registration Workstation Operator (MRWO), New Suame Church of Pentecost Centre in Kumasi.

Acting in concert and without lawful authority, carried away from NIA Registration Centre, registration materials to private premises for the purpose of registering officials of a certain bank.

4. ALPHONSE ACQUAH-DJAN – Commissioner for Oaths (CFO), Church of Christ Registration Centre, Nyinampong, Asante-Mampong.

5. ALEXANDER LARBI – Commissioner for Oaths (CFO), Amanchia D/A registration Centre in Atwima Nwabiagya South District.

6. ACQUAH-DJAN and LARBI also contracted some members of the communities within which they had been deployed to sell Oath of Identity forms, signed or thumb-printed by applicants who had already gone through the registration process.

7. LYDIA AMANDA K MEGA -Commissioner for Oaths (CFO), Mpasatia Atenasu registration centre in Atwima Mponua District.

Contrary to the rules and ethics of her profession as a Commissioner For Oaths, stamped blank Oath of Identity Forms which had not been duly completed by persons vouching for applicants, which said forms also found their way into the hands of prospective applicants at (for)a fee.

Prior to their dismissal, the NIA had interdicted the above-named persons and MARGARET AGYEI – the Supervising Registration Officer (SRO) of New Suame Church of Pentecost Centre in Kumasi. The NIA’s internal investigations have however concluded that Margaret Agyei did not misconduct herself. She is accordingly reinstated with all her entitlements fully restored.

This brings to ten (10), the number of NIA registration officials dismissed for misconduct in the registration exercise currently underway in the Ashanti Region.

ACI FRANCIS PALMDETI
Head of Corporate Affairs
15/01/2020

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