From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has launched the Kaduna State Residency Card registration programme to register all citizens residing in the state.
Launching the programme last Wednesday in Rigasa, Kaduna, El-Rufai stated that the programme will provide concise data for development planning.
The Kaduna State Residency Card Programme (KADRES) will enable the state government to capture biometric data of all people residing in the state and issue them with a unique identification number and card.
The program is being implemented in collaboration with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
KADRES is a part of the ongoing data revolution initiated by the Kaduna State Bureau of Statistics, adjudged to be one of the best in the country, and is aimed at building a database for the State to aid in planning, governance, implementation of projects and programs. It will provide the state accurate records of its population and present platforms for ensuring better security in the state. All people residing in the State, including newly born children, are required to be captured and issued a temporary card at the point of registration at any designated registration center.
The residency card registration has commenced in selected locations all the 23 LGAs in the state. NIMC and the Kaduna State Government have opened 58 registration centres in the 23 Local Government areas of the state.
While the program requires all residents, including the newly born to be registered, the Kaduna State residency card will only be issued to those who are 16 years and above.
Every resident will be given a unique National Identity Number (NIN) embedded on his card together with their photograph. KADRES goals and benefits include:
The data collected can be modified for tax services, and for accessing other social services such as education, health care delivery systems, fertilizer distribution, salary payments and even voter identification and validation during general or State elections. Verification of identity to mitigate corruption challenges in the society.
The card generated for the citizen shall serve as an all-in-one multi-purpose card for identity, bank debit card for financial transactions, payment of salaries, payments of taxes and means of social services delivery. Detection, prosecution and effective law enforcement activities in the state among other things.