All children in basic schools across the country will start receiving Ghana Card numbers to give them special identity, beginning from June 17, 2024.

Vice President and the Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) for the 2024 general election, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia announced this at Dambai during his campaign tour of the Oti region.

He said the Government, through collaborative efforts with the Ghana Health Service, the Births and Deaths Registry (BDR), the Ghana Statistical Service and the National Identification Authority (NIA), has integrated these systems for easy deployment.

The integration will ensure that every child from 0-13 years in Ghana would immediately be provided with a unique identity number, linking him or her to the parents’ identity and securing their place within the national identity system.

Dr Bawumia said the Ghana Card “is not just an ID, but also a promise to our children of a future, where their identity and rights are recognised from their very first birth.”

“It is a testament to our commitment to building an effective, efficient responsive and accountable public sector that meet the needs of the Ghanaian citizenry,” Dr Bawumia said.

Thereafter, he proceeded on a tour to the Dambai Saturday market, where he was warmly welcomed by the market women, with other traders and residents rushing to catch a glimpse when he made a stop over to exchange pleasantries with them.

This took Dr Bawumia and his campaign team close to an hour to get to Presbyterian Church, where he was scheduled to meet with the ‘Youth Connect’ participants.

The campaign tour has been marked by vibrant hospitality, where supporters have expressed their confidence in his leadership and the NPP’s ability to steer the country towards greater success.