Addressing yesterday’s press briefing of the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Tiah Nagbe indicated that the new citizens’ ID cards will ensure efficiency and reduce burden on the NEC.
Nagbe mentioned that despite current challenging fiscal situation, the roll out of Liberia first generation of biometric identification cards or citizens ID card is expected to take place either this year or early next year at the latest.
According to him, the last six months of the entity’s works has been the identification of funding sources as well as designs of the national biometric ID card project.
“We have got approval to implement the project in three phases, so that it is much easier to mobilize fund. Phase one will entail the setting up of the main national biometric data center, the printing facilities and ten prominent enrollment centers across the country,” he said.
He stated that phase two will be the mass enrollment of the citizens for the creation of a population registry. This exercise is similar to voter’s registration or census, in that all citizens and foreign residents of Liberia including babies will be registered.
“This process can be very expensive; but it will happen only one time if it is done right. The third phase intends to link our system with other institutions that will need our information for their work”, he averred.
He intoned that as a result of recent decision of the heads of state of ECOWAS, the national biometric identification card is expected to be used in the near future as an official travel document within ECOWAS countries.