National ID Project Now Ready to Kick Off – ChimpReports

National ID Project Now Ready to Kick Off


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“This programme is set to benefit not only government but also the private sector will be a major beneficially as they will find it easier to identify the particulars of their customers,” explained the Minister, calling upon all telecommunication companies to work hand in hand with government to see that the project is a success.

“Many people who are non- citizens are enjoying free access to services like health facilities, schools, among others. The ID will therefore, become a national data bank and whoever doesn’t have it won’t be able to enjoy the services,” explained Baba.

The Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Steven Kagoda, added that the multi-sectoral project will see all people in the country registered for national IDs.

Some of the generators that will be used during the exercise

“There are many people in the country without any documents at all but are all Ugandans and that’s why we have put a citizenship verification committee at every parish to help identify these people for IDs,” Kagoda explained.

A representative from MTN Uganda, Anthony Katamba, applauded government for the programme saying, that lack of national IDs had posed a big challenge to the sim card registration exercise but “this will ease our work”.

“Ugandans take it to themselves to register at the last minute but we urge government for effective communication about the program with a deadline which will help to curb such tendencies,” advised the representative from Airtel Uganda.

The telecommunication companies present at the meeting including MTN, Airtel, Orange and UTL pledged support to government during the exercise.

The programme speared headed by the Immigration department, Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Electoral Commission, Uganda Registration Services Bureau and the National Information Technology Authority of Uganda will see a total of 18 million Ugandans from the age of 16 registered in the first phase of the programme that will run from April 14, to August 15, 2014.

The vehicles are all set

According to the head of Communication for the programme, Pamela Ankunda, the programme will now be a success considering the new high-tech machines to be used during the national wide exercise.

“This time round we have got a new data processing centre that can produce 1000 cards per hour on top of a kit that can read 10 thumbs at a time unlike the ones in the past. The kits to be distributed are fully equipped with gadgets including laptops, cameras and thumb readers,” explained Ankunda.


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