By Cecil Mensah
The Minister of State in Charge of Public Private Partnership (PPP), Mr Rashid Pulpuo, has lauded the PPP agreement between the National Identification Authority (NIA), the International Identification Management Systems (IMS), and the Intelligent Cards Production Systems (ICPS), all subsidiaries of the Margins Group of Companies, owned by a Ghanaian entrepreneur, Mr Moses Baiden, for revamping the operations of NIA over the past years.
The Minister, made this comment when the Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Madam Magit Thompson; and some key Ministers of State, Executive Director of National Identification Authority (NIA), Dr Josiah Cobbah, President of Ghana Association of Industries (AGI) James Asare–Adjei and the officials of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), paid a working visit to the ultra modern office of the company, off the Spintex road in Accra to inaugurate the 3.5 million Dollars facility upgrading grant of the company by the Danish Embassy.
The PPP arrangement with the NIA, to issue instant biometric cards for all foreigners living in the country, has generated close to about seven million Dollars to boost the operations of NIA, since the PPP agreement was signed in 2008.
As a results of the agreement NIA, would soon be taken off government subvention to enable it generate its own resources to augment its operations, The Herald has learnt.
According to the Minister, the private sector business answers the question of government not doing business in recent times.
The growth of government business in recent times is engineered by the private sector and this has proven to have moved most businesses and economies forward in the world.
It in view of this, that the government of President John Mahama, fully supports ICPS to take PPP arrangement to a different level in the country.
He pledged government’s support to the company, and gave the assurance that government will continue support such laudable initiatives.
He took the opportunity to call on the management of ICPS, to open its doors to the young ones by way of offering them National Service opportunities to motivate them and make them believe that a Ghanaian is capable of achieving this laudable feat of creating the first kind of company for smart card milling and printing in the West African Sub-Region.