Abia State government under the watch of Okezie Ikpeazu has formally launched the commencement of the Abia State Social Identity Number Scheme, with a call on Abians to key into the program to enable his government to effectively plan for general well-being of the populace.
The Social Identity Number is a robust identity Management System with a platform to capture the biometrics of the users who can seamlessly enroll themselves using internet enabled phones and comes Free of Charge.
Speaking at the official launch of the scheme at the Governor’s Lodge, Aba, Governor Ikpeazu who enrolled in the scheme, noted that the importance of data in governance cannot be over emphasised, as it will enable government in planning and administration, as well as help address unemployment issues among youths.
He directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), to immediately embrace the Scheme, adding that it would be difficult to pay Civil Servants who do not have the identification number.
Ikpeazu said: “I want to see a situation where our MDAS will become fully digitalized. It will help us in driving our initiative to be transparent and put everyone on the same page.
“Going forward, this Abia State Social Identity Number will become a pass that will drive the relationship between citizens and Government and between citizens and Government and other arms of Government.
“Whether it is school enrollment, birth certificate, death certificate, certificate of occupancy, land registration, whatever business you want to do with Government, you must have your Abia State Social Identity Number. That is what makes you a full citizen of Abia State.
The Governor said it has become a civic responsibility of all Abians to embrace the project. It is important for transparency and for us to deepen government policy through data collected.
Ikpeazu who expressed optimism that the resource will be handy to drive growth, ensure distribution of infrastructure and social amenities to Abia people, assured that government would support the scheme.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary and Executive Secretary, Abia State Planning Commission, Nnenna Chikezie while thanking Governor Ikpeazu for initiating the program, pointed out that everyone in the state is expected to register even those in the diaspora as the scheme is internet enabled.
According to Chikezie, the need for the scheme has been long over due as it is required for planning purposes including capturing developmental strides of the present administration.
She disclosed that about two million Abians are targeted to be captured within the next twelve months.