Clarification on video of 2D Barcode Cards in Circulation -NIA


The attention of the NIA has been drawn to a video in circulation on social media about some old Ghana cards allegedly left to rot at the Sowotuom Office of NIA in Accra

NIA presents the following clarification about the cards in the video

The cards are 2D-Barcode cards printed between 2008 and 2014 but were never issued to Ghanaians.

The cards have been kept in stores and basement of the NIA Headquarters Building located at No. 8 Nelson Mandela Avenue, South Legon, near Gulf house, Accra.

The cards have been audited by NIA of survey and passed for destruction as they have outlived their 10 year life span and cannot be used for any lawful purpose.

Stored in ‘Ghana-Must- Go’ bags, the Cards were moved from storage to create space pending their destruction as the NIA Headquarters Building undergoes refurbishment.

The cards were covered with a tarpaulin at the NIA Headquarters premises awaiting shredding but someone removed the cover, made a video and shared it on social media.

For the avoidance of doubt, these 2D- Barcode cards are different from the current generation of multiple -purpose, dual-interface , chip-embeded, biometric smart cards being issued by NIA since 2018 under the government of President  Nana Akufo Addo.

NIA assures the general public that all the printed but unissued utra-modern smart cards meant for Ghanaians and eligible foreigners lawfully residents in Ghana are safe in NIA’s custody. Such cards are batched, boxed and securely kept at the NIA Headquarters and in the respective 16 regional and 276 Districts  Offices of NIA and its premium Registration  centers for issuance.

As a data controller, NIA will continue to protect all personal records in its custody and ensure their safety, integrity and confidentiality at all times.


Peter N. Djangmah is a multifaceted individual with a passion for education, entrepreneurship, and blogging. With a firm belief in the power of digital education and science, I am affectionately known as the Private Minister of Information. Connect with me
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