Bulolo first to roll out NID program

Bulolo is the first District to put its hand up to have its District roll out the National Identification (NID) program in partnership with the Office of Civil and Identification Registry.

Minister for Information and Communication and Energy, and Bulolo MP, Sam Basil, signed an MOA with Registrar, Michael Kumung, and on Thursday began the roll out.

The district is the first to partner the civil and identification registry, which plans to register four districts in PNG by the end of 2018.

Minister Basil and Registrar Kumung signed the MOA in the presence of media and guests.

Basil said he was impressed with the quick response shown by Kumug and his team to have the MOA prepared within a few days and said he wants his District to lead the NID roll out.

Basil also wanted to clarify to his people any misconceptions about the NID project and said it was an important government service.

Kumung said the MOA will allow for the sharing of resources so the NID roll out is efficient.

The Civil and Identification Registry has a target of registering 1.5 million by the end of 2018. So far just over 400, 000 people have been registered.

Cedric Patjole