Akwa Ibom State Government has taken steps to push for increased enrolment of her citizens in the ongoing National Identification Number, NIN, database registration in the country.
Acting on the meeting of the State Executive Council, Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem has set up a committee to facilitate the registration with Chief of Staff, Mr Ephraim Inyangeyen as Chairman.
Members of the Committee include Commissioner for Science & Technology, Dr Imoh Moffat; Economic Development & Ibom Deep Seaport, Mr Akan Okon; Commissioner for Local Government & Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Frank Archibong; Commissioner for Women Affairs & Social Welfare, Dr Ini Adiakpan Information & Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong; Manpower Development, Pastor Sunday Ibout; Attorney General/ Commissioner for Justice , Uko Essien Udom ; Special Adviser, Political Affairs & Social Reorientation , Elder Amanam Nkanga.
Other members are SSA Youths, Multilateral & Donor Agencies, SA-ICT, Chairman Association of Local Government Area of Nigeria-Akwa Ibom State, Chairman Nigerian Labour Congress-Akwa Ibom State.
Mr Inyangeyen assured that the registration plan will be made public in the shortest possible time and appealed to the committee members to use both traditional and new media to mobilise the people to register as well as sensitize them to observe the COVID-19 Protocols at the registration Centers.
The Chief of Staff intimated the Committee that the state Government has obtained a registration license for the Ministry of Science & Technology in addition to Cobaz projects, to aid in the registration of citizens.
He assured that the Committee would determine ways of increasing registration without aiding the spread of COVID-19 and urged members to prepare to work hard to meet up the deadline.
The Committee members pledged their commitment to work towards the attainment of the set objective, noting that the data is critical to economic planning for all tiers of government and urged the people to register in order to attract projects and programmes based on our population.