By Theckla Gunga – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Wabag Open has become the first district in Enga province to have the National Identification Card project rolled out.
A Memorandum of Understanding signed in Port Moresby today, signals the start of this project.
The MOU, signed between the Wabag District and the National Civil Registry is estimated to seen thousands of men, women and children to register themselves under the biggest government project in Papua New Guinea.
Wabag MP, Lino Tom, says NID is an important government project and most Papua New Guineans have been asked to produce an NID Card when applying for a passport, or when opening bank accounts.
The initiative to bring the government project to the district level is to ensure that proper statistics are collected, so government can deliver basic services.
The NID project was launched in 2015 and executed by the National Planning and Monitoring Department.
But in the last two years, the progress to getting an NID card was difficult and took longer than 12 months.
Some who have lodged their applications are still waiting for their cards to be processed.
However, the change in the management for the NID Project is expected to speed up the processing of NID cards throughout the country.
Meanwhile, the Wabag District has pledged its support to assist NID Officers from Port Moresby to carry out this project.