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General News of Tuesday, 26 April 2022


Edo residents to get ID numbers

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

Edo State is collating data of residents to help the government’s planning and delivery of essential services, Governor Godwin Obaseki has said.

The governor added that residents will be issued identification numbers afterwards. He spoke yesterday when he received the template of the pilot phase of the Edo Identification Scheme (EIS) at the Government House in Benin.

He said: “As a government, we must have data and information of residents in the state, for whom we are supposed to provide services. As a state, we now need a single source of truth where there is a common denominator that links people and services together.

“This is very significant, because it is happening everywhere in the world. I am very excited that we are linking this to the National Identification Number (NIN) protocol so that whatever we are doing is linked to a single source of identification.

“We are very anxious about seeing the pilot roll-out. The whole idea is to see that the five million or more residents in Edo get to be identified and have a source of identity for which the government can get data to plan for them….”

We look forward to executing this, and hope that within the 90 days period this pilot ought to have been concluded, we would get good reports, and by the third quarter of this year, we should start a full rollout.”

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