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NIRA Trashes Reports Of Scrapping Off Of National IDs

The National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) has come out to trash allegations of scrapping off National Identification cards.

A number of media houses and journalists had reported how the body is set to do away with all the existing national IDs.

These would be replaced with those that are up-to-date with the current technology. It was further revealed that this agreement was reached upon after a cabinet sitting.

“National Identification and Registration Authority, NIRA will in 2023 renew national identity cards, following clarification by Internal Affairs Minister Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafire,” NTV revealed.

However, the body came out to ask the public to disregard these rumors because they are not true.

Taking to one of the tweets that spread about this matter, NIRA asked the public to disregard the rumors as they are false. Its expected that mass enrollment for those without national IDs will start in January 2023. For those renewing their IDs, they will begin the exercise in August 2023.

The Minister of Internal Affairs Gen Kahinda Otafire while addressing the media yesterday said that nothing had been discussed about this issue in the cabinet sitting.

Gen Otafire revealed that a time will come when one only needs to present their national IDs while crossing borders without filling forms

“We shall reach a state when you present only your #NationalIDUg while crossing the border without necessarily filling in any form,” said Minister Otafire.

This was as he revealed plans of celebrating the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Day was proclaimed as 10 August by the Executive Council of the African Union at its thirty-second ordinary session.

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