Nat’l ID to Open Branches
The ongoing National Biometric Registration Identity Card taking exercise for Liberians and aliens as well is expected to go nationwide with branches to be established in the counties.
This was disclosed by the Director General of the National ID Registry, Mr. J. Teah Nagbe when he spoke at last Thursday’s Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) press briefing. He added that the registration process began since November 15, 2017 and that as of Wednesday last week they have already registered 9,005 people and that they are about to increase their capacity as well as open other branches across the country.“When in full capacity, we are able to register as much as 6,000 people a day. We are a team ready to build a high class registry and we are doing everything possible to do a careful screening of applicants for the ID card,” he said.
According to Mr. Nagbe, for anyone to be qualified for the ID card one must present valid ID cards such as birth certificate, drivers’ license, passport or voters’ card in addition to a fee of USD$5 or its equivalent in Liberian dollars, noting that they also assign one immigration officer to any of their centers to ascertain citizenship.
“Before the applicant leaves we ask then for their telephone numbers to contact them if necessary after verifying facts. If concerns are raised, we contact them. Our job entails registering 8,000 employees in the Liberian public sector and about 80,000 pensioners. It is estimated that the Government of Liberia is expected to save up to USD$10Million next fiscal year alone,” he said.
The National ID Registry Director said apart from registering all foreigners residing in Liberia for security and service delivery reasons, every public sector employees are obliged to register as the exercise will help clean the payrolls of government of ‘ghost names.’ (Writes JLM).