By Ruth Oginyi
Ebonyi State Government has set up committee to sensitize the rural populace on the need to register and get their National Identity card management number which Government is targeting 4 million Ebonyians to get registered.
Commissioner for information and State Orientation, Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji disclosed this to journalists in Abakaliki on Monday after the Exco meeting.
He said the committee will interface with NIMC consultant in the State to perfect the job as Ebonyi is at the bottom of the registration number.
Orji said 100 registration centres shall be created and 200 Ebonyi youths shall be engaged to carry out the registration exercise which is targeted to last for 18 months.
According to him, N30,000 minimum wage will be paid to those who would do the job within the 18 months.
He said, “Exco looked at the status of Ebonyi state in the National Identity registration exercise, comparing Ebonyi state with other states of the federation and saw that we are at the bottom.”
“We needed to really step up the sensitization process and not only that, government also took some steps and resolved that we will queue up with the arrangement of the National Identity Management Commission to set up a process of boosting the registration status of Ebonyistate.”
“Therefore, government has set up a committee that will interface with a consultant that will ensure that we have about 100 registration units and also the sensitization will be very intensive. We will go to rural communities for them to appreciate the importance of National Identity card registration.”
“We have a lot of advantages that we will get from this effort. One is that we will increase the number of people that have registered in Ebonyi state and two it will create jobs. It will create about 200 jobs in the course of the registration exercise.”
“We are also working to ensure that every person that will participate in the registration exercise, those that will be employed to do this registration will be paid not less than minimum wage of N30,000 and for a start, we are looking at 18 months as a litmus test to see what the status will be. We are targeting not less than 4 million Ebonyians to be captured.”