NIR Executive Officer J. Tiah Nagbe told newsmen yesterday that the installation work is being undertaken by giant technology company, Techno Brain Global FZE, through a contract signed with the National Identification Registry , which is valued at US$5.9Million and it is expected to be implemented over the next three years.
Techno Brain Global FZE is an information technology company that was selected through an international bidding process that involved 19 companies with vast experienced in the field.
The NIR boss disclosed that under the contract, a new biometric civil registry will be set up to issue the first one million and fifty thousands (1, 0050, 000) ID cards, including 50,000 ECOWAS standard cards.
According to him, the issuance of ID cards will start October 1, 2017 at which time the installation process of the system will be completed.
The registry office averred that one million Liberians will be registered in two to three years, to be extended when the institution receives more resources.
The civil registry and biometric ID cards system, it is said, will lead to improvement in service delivery, saving of lives and better national security environment. The cards will be issued to Liberians and foreign residents with offices in several counties.
Executive Officer Nagbe disclosed that Montserrado County will have three offices, Bomi county one to control the western region, with several offices to be established in Bong, Lofa, Nimba, Grand Bassa and Maryland counties.
He noted that the identification card is the national card which is different from cards issued by institutions, noting, it will also help the National Elections Commission in the registration process, because they need not do new registration, but follow the NIR data.
“The process will not be free, we need logistics, workers, as we will cover all Liberians and foreign residents in Liberia,” he maintained, adding, the system has lot of security features to avoid duplication.