-Mr. Carlton Boah
By Ishmael F. Menkor
Independent presidential aspirant Carlton Boah has disclosed that the absence of a national identification card undermines state security and puts the country at risk.
Speaking in an interview with reporters in Ganta recently, Mr. Boah asked, “If you don’t know your citizens, how can you put security methods in place?”
Mr. Boah, who was on an acquaintance visit to Nimba County, explained that in order to have a vibrant state security, the citizens should be identified with an identification card, as it was done in the 1980s.
He said the security methods that are applied, including housing identification system, are inadequate, adding that a national identification system could be the effective means to identify people based on their numbers and their origin.
“In my government, when the child is born today, the child will be given a national identification card, and all those who are living today will also be allowed to get their national ID, so it will be easy for you to trace anyone who is involved in illegal activites,” he said.
Mr. Boah, a former publisher of the In Profile newspaper and an independent presidential candidate, said his government would share security information with other countries to combat terrorism.
“We will be very vigilant with the security and share information with other countries,” he said.
On land usage, he said his government will be very drastic in settling land disputes. “My government will seize any disputed land and turn it into an eminent domain or the government will take it and use it,” he added.
Mr. Carlton Boah and his friends have been touring several parts of Nimba County and meeting with locals, and applauding them for warmly receiving him.
Mr. Boah is the second Nimbaian to join the October presidential race. He expressed confidence in his presidential bid, adding, “There is too much power in the hand of the president; if I am elected, I will decentralize most of the authority to the locals to make their own decisions.”