NID System Working Well
BY MATTHEW VARI ( Post Courier )
Despite many criticisms leveled against the National Identification (NID) System, National Planning secretary Hakaua Harry said for the last five years the government has spent over K200 million on the rollout of the system which is working.
She said many do not realise the amount of time and resources spent on the creation of the systems and infrastructure base required to ensure the large scale system works for its intended purpose.
“For the last five years with the resources that were given it is to establish the system. That system has been established,” Harry said.
“In the rollout we need to populate the system. You can’t have a system that doesn’t have data to be able to generate anything.”
“We did Ialibu Pangia and we did some of Port Moresby and a little bit across the country just so that we can get information to populate the system to see that it is working.”
With the establishment of NID for provinces has seen the establishment of offices, card printing system and a system to print birth certificates.
“We have attempted to trial that and now and it’s working. Now we have created almost about 17 to 18 provincial offices at the provincial level for people to come in and register so that can go into the system to generate the ID cards.”
“We will now have a new office called the national identity and civil registry office. Its responsibility first of all was for births and deaths and marriages and divorces.”
“But right now with the system in place we are going to have a population database system. We are going to basically know what kind of population we have out there.”
Ms Harry said the system can tie in other government services and platforms that will enable proper roll out of other services including the electoral commission, which has had its common roll the subject of many debate.