Wednesday, 13 April 2016

National Identity card expected to replace voters card in 2019 elections

According to Vanguard reports, Henrietta Okolo who is the coordinator of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Delta state said that if things go according to plan the country will replace the permanent voter’s card with the national identity card.

Okolo disclosed this at the palace of the Orodje of Okpe during the visit to the monarch on Tuesday, April 12. 

The NIMC boss said the card would be efficient and will also serve as a Master card. She explained that although the federal government had not approved the use of the identification card for voting, the plan was to make it the mean of identification for all Nigerians and possibly use it to vote in the 2019 general elections.

She also said that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture has concluded plans to give loans and farming items to 300, 000 farmers in Delta State through its National Agricultural Payment Initiative in partnership with the commission. 

“For the agricultural scheme, we are looking at enrolling 300, 000 farmers in Delta State to benefit from this scheme. Though we are in the early stage of the scheme, Delta State is among 15 states in the country selected for the programme.”

The traditional monarch, HRM Orhue 1 applauded the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and NIMC for the support to farmers. He promised to work with district heads to ensure that farmers register and benefit from the programme. 

The permanent voter’s card was introduced to be used with the card reader for the 2015 general elections to improve election process in the country. The card reader has not been bereft of fault with the famous being the delaying of former president, Goodluck Jonathn during the election in 2015.

Source- Vanguard

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