Deputy Information Minister for Technical Services, Rixck Barsi-Giah argues that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf deserves the best honor in Liberia as a sitting President. He says the President’s track record and stewardship over the years is something that earn her the best honor.
Giving vote of thanks at the regular press briefing Thursday, 30 November in the Charles Gbenyon Conference Hall of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism on Capitol Hill, the Deputy Minister notes that with barely a month to step down from office and with many projects being dedicated, including establishment of new agencies of government, these are remarkable achievements that require honor.
“I think the President deserves the best honor for providing this exercise at this crucial juncture where this administration is left with only a month to go, because it’s thru her stewardship that today Liberians are benefiting from these numerous projects that are being dedicated across this country”, Minister Barsi-Giah explains.
Commenting on the new national Identification cards being issued by the National Identification Registry, he says the card will not be referred to like the previous one in 1984, but this new one under the stewardship and supervision of President Sirleaf, which is biometric, will be the first time in the history of Liberia that citizens will use for traveling outside the country.
“I also want to express gratitude to the citizens on behalf of the government for their collaboration to enroll at the NIR.” He explains that the amount placed on the card by the NIR which is US$ 5 is not any fee that should stop people from enrolling to have their biometric Identification card.
Minister Barsi-Giah says the idea of government introducing this exercise is to make citizens accessible throughout the various borders as they travel from Liberia to other African countries, saying, “This identification card will easily help citizens to identify themselves from other foreigners.”
“This process is a global practice that citizens of a particular country must show document that they properly belong to that country, and the best way to do that is by simply showing the identification card”.
By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne