President George Manneh Weah has urged all Liberians to register and obtain their National Identification Cards, stating that this is good for the country.
President Weah said the national registry is useful in many ways including the establishment of a database on the citizens and residents of Liberia, identification of people for various reasons and delivery of government services across the county.
According to a release issued by the National Identification Registry, The President made the remarks Friday March 8, 2019 when he paid an acquaintance visit at the head office of the National Registry in Congo Town.
During the visit, President Weah toured the premier enrollment center, the national biometric data-center and the printing facilities. He sought understanding on the registration process, especially circumstances under which applications can be rejected. The Presented also shared strategies with the NIR’s management to help drive up registration and secure the database.
The Executive Director of the NIR, Hon. Tiah Nagbe explained that there were two major conditions under which an applicant can be rejected. The Executive Director named the rejection conditions as an ‘Oath of Allegiance” as requires by law in the case where one of the applicant’s parents is a non-Liberian and if there was no proven evidence that the applicant is a Liberian.
Taking the President on the tour, were the Executive Director of the National Identification Registry, Hon. J. Tiah Nagbe and the Deputy Executive Director for Technical Services, Hon. Zeze R. Reed along with Hon. Haja Liberty, the Deputy Executive Director for Administration.
The tour was graced by the presence of the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Hon. Nathaniel F. McGill and the Minister of Internal Affairs and Chairman of the NIR Board of Registrars, Hon. Varney A. Sirleaf.
The National Identification Registry is an autonomous agency of Government, established by an Act of the National Legislature in 2011, to register all Liberians and foreign residents.
The agency has registered more than 100,000 Liberians since it started full operations in November 2017. Currently, registration of citizens is taking place in all 15 county capitals, using mobile registration teams.-press release
— Urges Liberians to enroll