TANZANIA: A NUMBER of Mbinga District residents who have been registered with the National Identification Authority (NIDA) have reached 83.2 per cent of the target, the authority announced recently.
Speaking during a launch of a 14-day ID card issuance exercise for Mbinga District, NIDA Senior Registration Officer-Mbinga, Mr Ibrahim Liduke, said that until November 30, 2023, a number of those registered stood at 185,986.
“This is equivalent to 83.2 per cent of the target of registering 223, 657 people,” said Mr Liduke at an event that was graced by the Mbinga District Commissioner Aziza Mangosongo.
On her part, Mbinga District Commissioner, Ms Aziza, directed Ward Executive Officers (WEOs) to do all in their power to ensure that all Mbinga dwellers are registered with NIDA and have their ID cards.
“The issuance of ID cards will quench the citizens’ long-time thirst,” asserted Ms Mangosongo.
Mbinga Urban lawmaker Jonas Mbunda poured praises on the sixth phase regime under President Samia Suluhu Hassan for putting in place conducive policies that set a stage for all citizens to have National ID cards.
“We thank the government under President Samia Suluhu Hassan for disbursing some 42bn/- for production of (14 million) ID cards,” underscored Mr Mbunda.
The meeting was also attended by the Mbinga Town Council director, Ms Amina Seif.
NIDA has issued a 14-day ultimatum for people to collect their IDs from local government offices, villages or hamlets in the areas where they reside.
Going by the authority, failure to do so, within a given period of time will compel them to walk to district offices in their respective regions to get the IDs.