Pilot NID rollout in districts

A pilot NID rollout will be carried out in four districts as efforts to register the entire nation’s population.

National Planning and Monitoring Minister, Richard Maru, is now calling on one district from each of the four regions that is interested in participating in the rollout to step out.

Maru has put forward his district of Yangoru-Saussia as the pilot site for Momase Region.

Minister Maru said the pilot projects aim to trial techniques and technologies that can be used around the country.

“I want to appeal to members of parliament, if you are interested to partner the NID office and Department of National Planning and register all your people in your district, please come to us.

“Certainly I’m putting my hands up for Yangoru-Saussia District. We want to be one of the first districts to have all our people registered. Obviously that will involve some contribution by the districts,” said Maru.

The rollout aims to register the four pilot districts by the end of June.

Following the rollout, a nationwide district exercise will be conducted.

One of the important sites is the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, which Maru says has an NID rollout plan.

“I want to make sure this year we move into the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

“We want to set up a full office. Because of the referendum, we need to issue ID cards to every citizen of Bougainville.”

So far, provincial fixed offices have been built in 18 provinces, which are now serving the people.

The Jiwaka Province office will be opened on the 14th of February 2018 and the West Sepik Office will be commissioned on the 28th of February, 2018.

“Hela, Enga and Western Province offices will be opened soon after we talk to the respective provincial governments. Other closed downed centres will be re-opened,” stated the Minister.

Maru said their goal is to have 1 million people registered by the end of the year.

Cedric Patjole