Really? FG Approves N6.3bn For ID Cards Project, Says Omobola
“This is happening at a time when most graduates are struggling to get jobs, there is no money in circulation, no security whatsover, subsidies are being removed, the National treasury daily looted and the standard of living of the average citizen is less than $2 a day. I personally do not understand this move by the Nigerian FG” – Jetheights CEO, Ayo Alex Alao’s comment.
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“The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N6.3 billion for the procurement of 13 million smart-cards for the take-off of the National Identity Management Scheme.
Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan at the State House.
Johnson said the cards were highly secured chip cards with 18 security features that would contain bio-metric data of each citizen.
She said the cards would also hold the other applications which would signal the beginning of the harmonisation and the integration of government agencies databases.
According to her, the cards would also include features like the individual’s National Health Insurance Scheme, passport, pensions, drivers Licence, tax, voting data and payment systems.
“The first set of cards of 13 million that were approved for award today would be imported but the personalisation will be done in Nigeria.
“The expectation is that come 2013 when we order the next sets of cards, they will be produced in Nigeria and personalise in Nigeria in furtherance of the local content agenda and job creation agenda of the Ministry of Communication Technology and of course of President Jonathan’s administration.’’
The minister said that every citizen from the 36 states and FCT enrolled in the scheme would to get a social identity number and would be entitled to the chips.
“We are immediately going to the 774 local governments with connectivity.
“At the point of enrolment you will be asked to show some form of identity that shows you are a Nigerian.’’
FEC also approved the contract for the supply of drugs and essential commodities for the health sector.
Minister of Health, Prof. Onyeuchi Chukwu, disclosed that N297.872 million was approved by Council for the procurement second line anti-tuberculosis drugs.
The drugs, according to him, are for the treatment of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.
He said the supply of the drugs would be made by the International Dispensary Association based in the Netherland.
Chukwu said N393.75 million was also approved by Council for the supply of vaccines for routine immunisation.
He said that vaccines would be procured through the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).”
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