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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has launched the National Biometric Identification System to strengthen government technological capacity and at the same time to make public service delivery better.

Speaking at the launch Tuesday October 30, 2017 at the Registry in Congo Town, President Sirleaf noted that the new system will serve as a foundation for other information to create record system to serve the public better.
She cited a number of benefits associated with the system to include authenticating identities of citizens and residents in order to support the government and business operations in the country.
The Liberian leader lauded development partners especially the World Bank for making the project a reality. Speaking earlier, the group executive director, J. Tiah Nagbe said the project has two major components with huge associated benefits for the people and government of Liberia.
Nagbe indicated that the two major components of the project considered a dynamic database and the national identification card which carries ten-digit unique number, to be called the National identification Number (NIN).
“The database will keep essential information on both citizens and residents alike, which will serve as a foundation for other information to create records system to serve the public better. The ID card, on the other hand, will help to authenticate or verify the identity of citizens and residents. When combined, these two components will support government and business operations in ways that get Liberia closer the way other countries work today,” Nagbe said.
Provided the background of National Biometric Identification System, he cited that some of the many benefits associated with this system include providing proof that a person is a citizen or resident of Liberia, confirming people`s identities to prevent identity fraud and enhance service delivery in the private sector to include banking, insurance and other commercial activities.
“The National Identification Registry”, he pointed out, |will also enhance government services including public education, commercial activities, healthcare, payment of salaries and benefits, improvement in government revenue collection, management of social security system, issuance of passports and driver`s licenses, conduct of the census, social planning response to epidemics or disasters, electioneering, etc.”
Illustrating further, Nagbe maintained that verification of people`s identities for banking services, use of national identities in elections, and use of identities in disaster management as some of the benefits to the government and the people of Liberia.
Beginning October 30, 2017, Nagbe announced that registration for the national biometric identification card has begun with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to receive the first ID card followed by Vice President Joseph n. Boakai and other senior government officials.
“We will open to the public on November 15, 2017 to register 150 persons per day. That number is expected to increase to 1,000 daily by the end of this year and by February next year we will plan to reach the full capacity at which we will register about 5,000 people per day,” he added.

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