The Authority said 250 work station operators, supervisors and monitors would be deployed to ensure the smooth running of the exercise, which would last for one week at each sub-metro.
Phase One starts from the Okaikwei sub-metro from July 4-10 to be followed by Ablekuma South, Osu Clottey, Asiedu Keteke, Ayawaso and Kpeshie, Ga East and Ga West in that order.
At a press conference in Accra, the Executive Secretary of the NIA, Dr. William Ahadzie, said information on the exercise would be communicated to the public through radio announcements, information vans and letters to various institutions.
The collection points would be the various mass registration centres while mobile distribution units would visit institutions covered under special the registration exercise.
Dr Ahadzi appealed to the public not to rush and queue at dawn for the cards, adding that those who did not receive their cards would be given another opportunity to get them from their regional offices.
He said a list of those whose cards were not ready would also be made available so that people would not queue for long hours only to be told that that their cards were not ready.
Explanations would be given about what went wrong and how to get another one.
The Executive Secretary appealed to the public not to be violent at the stations because every Ghanaian would be served and warned that those who misbehaved would face the law.
He explained that the process of storing data was very sensitive and noted that the slightest shift of a person’s head during the photo shot might cause distortions like one ear not appearing and therefore lead to the non-issuance of a card. He also added that inaccurate information could also lead to non-issuance of a card.
He asked those who detect errors on personal data to report to the authenticating officer immediately at the centre for advice or report in person the NIA head office or regional office with a letter, requesting for the correction with a valid ID card, preferably what was used in the registration exercise.
Dr Ahadzi explained that in such circumstances, a person would have another opportunity to re-register at a date to be announced later to correct the inaccuracies or have another picture taken for the issuance of the card.
Citizens who are 15 years and above are eligible to go for the cards, he said, reminding the public to take along their collection slips or registration receipts [given to them during the exercise] to collect their cards.
However, he stated that those who have misplaced their slips would have to go with an ID and patiently wait until the applicants with receipts have been served.
Dr Ahadzi advised that people go in person to collect their cards for the authentication of finger prints, insisting that the exercise was totally free except for institutions who had requested special delivery of their cards.
The card which, he said, met international standards could be used - among other things - for health delivery purposes, passport and driver licence acquisition, receipt of banking services, credit information, insurance claims, hire purchase, electoral registration, remittances from abroad, travelling and E-commerce.
Six regions - Greater Accra, Ashanti, Central, Western, Eastern and Volta - have so far been covered under the mass registration exercise, but a mopping up exercise would continue until everyone has
The biometric cards are valid for 10 years and children who turn six are to be registered at the various regional centres.