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Lands Department Registers for NID Cards

The National Identity Program will be taking a different approach this year in reaching their 5-year goal of registering 1 million Papua New Guineans.

They have now expanded to Government offices and the private sector, to have employees get their NID Cards.

The Lands Department is the first Government department to participate and have their NID cards and certificates presented to them today.

National Planning Minister, Richard Maru, along with Acting Registrar Genera, Michael Kumung, presented the 108 NID cards and Certificates to Minister For Lands, Justin Tkatchenko and 155 NID Cards and certificates to Bank South Pacific for their staff.

“This is the step forward,” said Maru.

Minister for Land Justin Tkatchenko said staff with NID identification will assist the department in doing away with ghost staff names.

“It will assist greatly in our work,” said Tkatchenko.

Minister Maru is encouraging more government departments and private companies to enquire and have the staff receive NID cards.

The NID cards have become essential to Papua new Guineans as it is the best form of identification. But the roll out of the program was not successful and former Registrar General, Dickson Kiragi, was replaced with Michael Kumung.

Acting Registrar General, Michael Kumung, is now the man in charge in rolling out a multimillion-Kina Government program and changes have already happened.

3 to 5 days is the expected duration of how long your NID card and certificate should be ready, and Kumung is requesting for those who applied for NID cards last year and onwards to check the office in Waigani to pick up the NID Cards.

“We will move forward with this,” said Kumung.

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