The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has extended the contract of the Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Prof. Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah, by two years.
The extension took effect from November 11, 2021.
This was contained in an internal memo circulated among staff of the authority and sighted by citinewsroom.com.
“The President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has extended the contract of the Executive Secretary [of the NIA], Prof. Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah, by two years, effective 11th November 2021.”
“On behalf of Management and members of staff of NIA, I wish to warmly congratulate Prof. Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah on his reappointment and assure him of the support of all staff in the performance of his duties. We wish him the best,” the memo signed by the Head, Administration/Human Resource at the NIA, Ms. Cecilia Erzuah, read.
Prof. Attafuah, a criminologist and former Deputy Chair of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) was first appointed to the position in January 2017 in an acting capacity until he was subsequently confirmed as the substantive head of the NIA.
He was given a two-year contract extension in November 2019 after he attained the compulsory retirement age of 60.
The NIA under Prof. Attafuah has since 2019 been registering Ghanaians onto the National Identification database, after which Ghana cards are issued.
So far, over 15 million Ghanaians have been captured onto the NIA platform.
In a bid to boost government’s digitalisation drive, Ghana Card numbers have been integrated into a number of government databases including SSNIT and Tax identification.
About Prof. Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah
A former Commissioner for Human Rights in British Columbia, Canada, Prof. Kenneth Agyemang Attafuah is a Barrister-at-Law and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana.
He served as Ag. Dean of the Faculty of Law at the Central University College, Accra, where he doubled as the Founding Director of the William Ofori-Atta Institute of Integrity, a Governance and Leadership training school.
Prof. Ken Attafuah is a Criminologist, Mediator, Management Consultant and a Human Rights advocate of international distinction and repute.
He was also the Managing Solicitor of Ken Attafuah Law Place, an Accra-based private law firm specialising in the provision of timely and effective solutions to legal problems.
Among other key appointments, Ken Attafuah has served as:
- Executive Secretary of the National Reconciliation Commission
- Management Consultant to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)
- UN’s International Technical Advisor to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia
- Associate Professor of Governance and Leadership at GIMPA
- Director of Anti-Corruption, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ)
- Chief Investigator and Director of Operation, CHRAJ
- Crime Prevention Policy Advisor/Analyst, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, West Vancouver Detachment, Canada.