Kano state government has launched a 60 days’ emergency period to enable residents of the state, who have not registered for the Permanent Voters Card, PVC, and the National Identity Card to enroll.
Speaking during the launch, Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje tasked residents across the 44 Local Government Areas to take advantage of the exercise to enroll, in order to have a legitimate means of identification, and avoid disenfranchisement in the forthcoming general coming elections.
According to him, the importance of having a National ID card number cannot be overemphasized as it can easily be used to confirm legibility by institutions, help in eliminating fraud, provide identity for every transaction, and help government in its planning as well as the provision of infrastructures and social amenities, among other benefits.
“It is apt to add that this identity number facilitates strengthening the security of lives and property and eliminates identity fraud and theft by providing convenient means of verifying identity in everyday transactions. It will also tackle challenges of ghost workers, combat corruption and make it more difficult for criminals to have multiple identities”, he stressed.
Dr. Ganduje stated further that “the importance of National Identity Number and the Voters Card cuts across so many sectors of our economy. Several countries all over the world make good use of identity number and voters card to transform governance and improve service delivery in the areas of planning, education, agriculture, housing, finances and provision of social amenities for their subjects, including authenticating eligible voters”.
The governor explained that, government has provided the registration bodies with solar facilities, internet services to facilitate and make the exercise a success, especially in remote areas where access to power is a challenge.
He added that a circular has also been issued to the civil servants to utilize the opportunity as well to register, while the government in its sensitization efforts would embark on awareness programs such as radio programs and jingles to sensitize the public.
In his remarks, Director-General of the National Identity Card Commission, Aliyu Aziz Abubakar, lamented the low response of ID cards collection by the general public, saying many, who took their time to go and enroll, have found it difficult to collect their cards; thus, calling on them to check at their various offices across the country where they registered for their ID cards.
The DG also thanked the Kano state government for providing the enabling environment for the exercise to be successful, which had made the state to have one of the highest numbers of enrollment.
With the launching of the exercise, the state government intends to boost enrollment of both the PVCs and National Identity Cards to about 25,000 from 12,000 weekly across the state.
Ameen K. Yassar
Director General Media and Publicity,
Government House, Kano