Lafia - Nwokpor Chuks, the State Coordinator of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Nasarawa, says the commission plans to establish 13 more registration centres for national identity cards.
Chuks told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia on Tuesday that NIMC equipment would be deployed to 13 local government areas of the state to assist Nigerians to obtain the cards.
He said that the aim of deploying the equipment to the local government areas in the state was to reduce the hardship being faced by those who wanted to register in the ongoing registration.
“As you can see, look at the crowd, people queue up in order to register; some of them came far away from Lafia to this commission even before 8.00 am
“This will help to reduce the hardship faced by people during registration and to capture every eligible Nigerian.
“This registration started early February this year and is aimed at checking the influx of people into the country.
“It will enable government to know its workforce and their dependants, so as to be able to provide the necessary infrastructure.
“The importance of this exercise cannot be over-emphasised because it will differentiate the citizens of a country from illegal immigrants in the country
“It is unfortunate that people usually come to the commission’s office to wait endlessly to be registered and I am appealing to them to be patient as everybody would be captured,” Chuks said
According to him, 23 121 people had so far been registered in the ongoing exercise in the state.
The state coordinator appealed to citizens to take the exercise seriously, saying that it would not only benefit individuals but the entire country as a whole.