Wewak next on NID list

Wewak will be the 16th provincial capital to be connected in real time to the National Identification card database.

This follows the successful commissioning of the NID roll-out in Pomio; one of the most remote districts only accessible by air and sea.

National Planning and Monitoring Minister Richard Maru recently made the announcement.

Connecting provincial capitals provides people in remote and rural areas a means of getting connected to PNG Civil and Identity Registry’s BID Database in Port Moresby.

This will propel PNG into the era of electronic governance, resulting in lower costs of service delivery and optimisation in modelling methods used for the implementation of the Medium Term Development Plan III.

After Wewak, the Highlands region will be the focus.

Minister Maru invites the Highlands governors and Members to offer assistance to the NID roll out program.

The Highlands Region is one of the country’s most difficult region with a mountainous terrain.

Currently, out of the 7 Highlands provinces, only Jiwaka, Simbu and Eastern Highlands are connected to the NID database, while discussions to restore services to Mendi and Tari have started.

Minister Maru is calling on all Open Members to establish dialogue with his office for the roll-out in their respective districts.

(The Highlands region is next on the list)

Carolyn Ure