The National Identity Management Commission says it is working with the Kaduna State Government on the residency card registration.
The programme was launched by Governor Nasir el-Rufai and the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer, NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, at the Rigasa area of the state on Thursday.
While delivering his welcome address at the event, Aziz gave a brief history of el-Rufai’s contribution to the setting up of the NIMC and how he had continued to play pivotal roles in the affairs of the commission.
He commended the governor for championing citizens’ registration programmes in the country and explained that the registration for the residency card would allow every resident of the state to have the National Identification Number, “which is crucial for planning purposes.”
“The commission has so far enrolled over 1.1 million Kaduna State residents into the National Identity Database,” the NIMC DG added.
In his remarks, the governor noted that the state was collaborating with the NIMC to deliver residency cards to all residents of Kaduna State and also key into the national programme of the unique national identity database.
He stated that the programme was designed to enable the government to better plan, implement and monitor the delivery of essential public services, adding that 58 registration centres were existing across the state to ensure ease of access.
El-Rufai said, “The government is better able to develop and implement targeted initiatives and provide social services, which would ensure that no one is left behind, especially our poorest and most vulnerable.
“Through this process, government will gather population records that capture the data of all residents in Kaduna State, and use this data to plan properly for the provision of schools, hospitals, roads and other critical infrastructure.
“The residency card will also serve as an all-in-one multi-purpose card for identification, a debit card for financial transactions, a platform for receiving salaries and other means of social service delivery for financial inclusion,” he added.
The governor called on all residents of the state to locate a registration centre close to them to register “as citizens will not enjoy some free or subsidised social services like basic education, health care or land allocation in the near future, unless they provide a Kaduna State residents’ card.”
He also appealed to traditional rulers, religious and community leaders to help sensitise citizens, intensify advocacy and enlightenment to ensure that all residents in respective communities get registered.
The governor promised to recognise the first and one millionth registered resident in order to encourage residents to turn out for registration.
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