By Francis Igata
ENUGU—Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has called on all eligible Nigerians and the people of Enugu State in particular to register with the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC,currently going on in the country with a view to obtain the national electronic identity card.
Governor Ugwuanyi who spoke when the management of NIMC visited him at Government House, Enugu to issue him his NIMC card, noted that the importance of the card cannot be overemphasized as one would hardly transact any government or other business deals these days without such identification, adding that the card identifies one for life.
The governor commended the management of the commission in its effort to sensitize the people of the state for registration, urging them not to relent. He urged all eligible people of Enugu State to register without further delay to avail themselves of the benefits available for obtaining the card.
In a similar development, the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi, has enjoined women in the state to register in the ongoing NIMC exercise.
While receiving the card from the management of the commission, she used the medium to appeal to pregnant mothers to always go for antenatal services to forestall the issue of maternal mortality in the state.
Earlier in an address, the coordinator of NIMC in Enugu State, Mr. Odeta Ogbonnaya Favour regretted the level of turn out of the people of Enugu State for the registration.
He appealed to all stakeholders in the state to assist the commission in sensitizing the people on the need for the registration of all eligible citizens in the exercise.
The coordinator noted that the card if obtained helps one in various daily transactions.
According to him, one hardly does any bank transaction without the card. He also said that the card could be used in future elections in Nigeria.
He observed that the South East zone is the least zone in Nigeria in the registration by NIMC, adding that in the South East zone registration by NIMC, Enugu State is the least so far in the level of participation.