Ashanti Region Residents Stranded as NIA Staff Strike Halts Services

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A wave of frustration has swept through the Ashanti Region as the indefinite strike by the National Identification Authority (NIA) staff, initiated on Monday, June 10, 2024, has left countless applicants stranded.











The strike, sparked by grievances over poor working conditions and delayed negotiations on allowances, was formally announced on June 9, just a day before the industrial action commenced.

The NIA workers’ union had previously postponed a planned strike in March 2024, following the intervention of the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations. However, ongoing dissatisfaction with the government’s sluggish response to their demands has led to the current halt in services.

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With all NIA offices—including district, regional, and premium centers—shut down, many applicants who rely on these services for essential documentation have been left in a difficult position. In interviews with Citi FM, individuals who traveled long distances to access NIA services expressed their frustration and urgent need for the Ghana card, a crucial identification document for many aspects of daily life.

“The strike has created a lot of inconvenience,” said one applicant. “I came from a far place, and now I’m stuck without the Ghana card I need for important transactions.”

The shutdown of NIA operations has highlighted the critical role the agency plays in everyday life, affecting everything from banking to travel. As applicants voice their concerns, they are urging the government to act swiftly to resolve the issues raised by the NIA staff. The longer the strike continues, the more severe its impact on the public will become.

With NIA services at a standstill, the urgency for a resolution is growing. Residents are appealing to the government to meet the NIA staff’s demands promptly to restore normalcy and allow them to proceed with their daily activities without further hindrance.

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