In the last two days, you might have seen this tweet making the rounds. It appears Ghanaians can now travel through 44,000 airports, using their National ID cards — Ghana Card — as an e-passport.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though. Some people seem to have mistaken “travel through” to mean “travel to”. But as The United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) — the body said to have given the go-ahead — said on Friday, February 11, 2022, the latter is most definitely not the case.
According to the ICAO, it doesn’t have the authority to “certify the use of a State’s Identity Card for international travel in place of a passport.” Essentially, all states have the sovereign power to decide how you enter and exit their borders. In this case, instead of using their passports, Ghanaians can enter Ghana using their National ID card.
The West African nation appears to be on a digital identity campaign. Remember this: Ghanaians to begin re-registration of SIM cards with Ghana Card or risk getting their SIMs blocked
I have one question, though. Can’t Nigerian leaders see that we are literally this close to losing the Nigeria-Ghana
Away from that, it’s Valentine’s day! And I — more like Oluwanifemi — have something for the lovers (if we don’t get nuked by Putin’s Russia).
For the rest of us singles, we’ll be discussing:
- The arduous task of accessible healthcare in Africa, and
- The art of communicating with customers