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NIA FIELD LEADERSHIP REJECT MANAGEMENT DECISION TO CONTINUE REGISTRATION

NIA FIELD LEADERSHIP REJECT MANAGEMENT DECISION TO CONTINUE REGISTRATION

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Field Staff Leadership
National Identification Authority
Accra Ghana.

The Executive Secretary
National Identification Authority
Nelson Mandela Avenue
Accra, Ghana

16th March, 2020.

Dear Sir,

RESP: DIRECTIVE TO CONTINUE WITH MASS REGISTRATION IN EASTERN REGION AMIDST CORONA VIRUS FEAR.
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Leadership of field staff writes to your highest office to register our displeasure over the directive to field officials to continue with the mass registration exercise currently ongoing in the Eastern region amidst the Corona Virus pandemic with six (6) confirmed cases in the country.

The president of the republic’s immediate response and late night address and ensuing directive on public gatherings is a clear indication of how serious the situation is and so it would not be out of place if the exercise is halted indefinitely as a matter of urgency until further notice.

We have demonstrated without a doubt our commitment and dedication to ensuring the ultimate success of the exercise since we began in May 2018 till date but find it difficult to associate with the authority’s decision to continue with the registration exercise in such a time where fear and panic has gripped the entire world over such a deadly outbreak and Ghana is no exception.
Everyone stands at risk hence the need to take such a critical decision to suspend the exercise so not to put lives at more risk while on the field.

After a careful analysis of the directive these are our humble thoughts;

A. Safety and Preventive Measures

NIA FIELD LEADERSHIP REJECT MANAGEMENT DECISION TO CONTINUE REGISTRATION

i. Protective measures as indicated not the best of safety precautionary measures;
-Not a single centre has been provided with hand sanitizers as we speak
-The authority is duly aware that all wet wipes currently in use have expired.
As the management wait on the procurement department to procure hand and other sanitizing materials, why then not put the exercise on hold until all such provisions are adequately made taking into account those working in remote villages?

NIA FIELD LEADERSHIP REJECT MANAGEMENT DECISION TO CONTINUE REGISTRATION

B. Queue Management

i. The registration centers themselves are not conducive in preventing the spread as access to water in some of these communities is even a headache left alone running water. They should liaise with the DROs and SROs to provide Veronica Buckets at the centers to help solve this issue.

ii. The directive to allow only 25 people at a centre at a time will most certainly not work nor ideal.
Fact is you cannot prevent people from coming to the registration area even if five (5) applicants only with their guarantors are allowed into the room since the infection is also airborne. This cannot work considering how desperately people want to do everything possible to get through the exercise no amount of force or diplomacy to stop them from coming will work.

iii. Most of these applicants are ignorant or less understanding of the pandemic at hand and therefore a lot public education needs to go into making them understand the dynamics to make it conducive for registration to thrive. Aside from this there is also the potential threat to the applicants as they mostly do not have any safety mechanism or materials to protect themselves at the center.

iv. Even with the issue of maintaining 25 persons at a center per time, how well will the applicants take it and not cause any mayhem at the center?
Are we implying that there is no probability that there could be an infected person out of this number?
Certainly the risk factor here is quite high hence the need to put the exercise on hold temporarily and if possible do a pilot at some selected centers, monitor to see how these measures put out will work.

University of Ghana recorded two cases, for which reason the school has been temporarily closed.
It is an undeniable fact that there could be more people not yet identified with the virus in the country unknowingly to them especially at the early stages since it takes days before symptoms show and one cannot tell where or when such a person might get to a registration centre.

Again we enroll different set of people everyday and all of these persons could have been anywhere before coming to the centers, which put all of us at risk.

How do we control the movements of people at our registration centres under such a situation?
Control measures do not necessarily work under these conditions.

With about eight (8) officials having lost their lives already between December 2019 and March 2020, Miss Hilda Kafui, a CVO, being the most recent one, we would not wish to record any more deaths whiles on the field and so we are of the strongest belief that no amount of money that would be lost can be equated to one life that may be lost in our quest to continue with the exercise and so we maintain that the mass registration exercise be truncated without further delay in the best interest of all stakeholders and the nation at large even if without pay for field officials until such a time that it would be deemed safe for us all.

For you kind consideration.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Eric Agyarkoh Konney

Daddy Ericous📘®

(For and on behalf of field staff leadership)

NIA FIELD LEADERSHIP REJECT MANAGEMENT DECISION TO CONTINUE REGISTRATION

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