by Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby
The National Statistical Office (NSO) has been tasked by the government to be the agency to implement the National Identification (NID) Card system in the country.
The project is scheduled to begin the national registration roll out in February, 2015.
This will see ordinary Papua New Guineans go to their respective provincial registry offices to register and later obtain their unique identity cards. Once printed, they are sent back to the provincial offices for pick up.
National statistician Roko Koloma said to date, the provincial governments of Southern Highlands, Western Highlands, New Ireland and Central provinces have made land available at their provincial headquarters for the setup of offices.
Mr Koloma said the project is a huge national undertaking and requires the cooperation of all citizens and stakeholders.
“The successful implementation of this project depends largely on cooperation between the national, provincial and district authorities.
“The nationwide registration exercise alone will involve about 1,000 personnel at any one time, comprising 400 staff at headquarters and a further 600 in the provinces.”
The national statistician is confident the national registration roll out will be completed on schedule in 2015.