The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has partnered the Kaduna State Government in the launch of its Residency Card Registration Programme.
The programme was officially flagged-off by the Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and the DG/CEO of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu Aziz at Rigasa, on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018, in Kaduna.
While delivering his welcome address at the event, Engr. Aliyu Aziz gave a brief history of the Mallam’s contribution to the setting up of NIMC, and how he has continued to play pivotal roles in the affairs of the Commission.
He lauded the Governor for championing the course of state registration programmes in the country, and explained that registration for the residency card also allows every resident of the state to have a National Identification Number (NIN), which is crucial for planning purposes
The NIMC DG further noted that the Commission has so far enrolled over 1.1 million Kaduna state residents into the National Identity Database.
In his remarks, the governor noted that the state is partnering the NIMC to deliver Residency Cards to all residents in Kaduna State and also key into the National programme of populating the unique national identity database.
He said the programme is designed to enable the government to better plan, implement and monitor the delivery of essential public services, adding that there are 58 Residency Card Registration Centres currently across the state to ensure ease of access.
According to him, “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 said.
The governor called on all residents of Kaduna State to locate a registration centre close to them to register, as citizens will not enjoy some free or subsidized social services like basic education, healthcare 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 sensitize citizens, intensify advocacy and enlightenment to ensure that all residents in respective communities get registered.
The governor promised to recognize the first and one millionth registrants, in order to encourage residents to turn out for registration.
Loveday Ogbonna Chika
Head, Corporate Communications NIMC