NID project progressing well: Kiragi

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REGISTRAR-General Dickson Kiragi says the National Identification (NID) project is progressing well and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Kiragi told The National yesterday the most important aspect of the project was “not about getting everyone registered during the project’s four year tenure from 2013 to 2016.
“What’s fundamental is about establishing the system for managing the registration of births and population statistics with greater efficiency, accountability and with increased security,” he said.
“That’s important and to date, we have established the system and its up and running now.
“Almost 50 per cent of the country has provincial NID offices up and running and we are expecting to open up offices in Goroka and Kokopo before the end of this month.
“It’s a key project of the National Government we are implementing.
“We have established the system and the structures already and it’s now a matter of registering the citizens.”
Kiragi said PNG has had birth registration for more than 50 years but did not have the structures and the systems in place.
“This project is a milestone in itself because we now have the structures and the systems and the policies and the legislations in place to deal with birth registrations as well for managing population statistics effectively and efficiently,” he said.
“It’s not like before where everything is centred here in Waigani, we are now establishing offices throughout the country to make it easier for the people.”
Kiragi, however, said the main challenges was getting people to register because of the scattered populations and the costs of logistics due to the geographical setting of the country.
“But what’s important for the project is establishing the systems and we are hoping to have it completed by the end of the year.”

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