The National Identification Registry (NIR) has embarked on a nationwide tour aimed at educating the alien community on how to obtain the National I.D Card and where to obtain it in order to enable them acquire theirs before the enforcement process starts.
Mr. J. Nagbe Tiah stated that the tour is also intended to inform them about the ongoing registration and issuing of biometry Identification Cards to non-Liberians (foreigners) residing in the Country.
“Because at some point in time they will start enforcing it through inspection at the checkpoints and things like that, so we want to inform them; and explain to them how to get it and where to get it from. We have started issuing an alien resident identification card, so the same way citizens have the national identification cards, the alien will also carry identification cards very similar to the citizen identification card” he added.
Mr. Tiah disclosed that the team has toured Grand Bassa, Margibi and Bong Counties promising to tour the entire Country. He said the registration of foreign residents covers those from ECOWAS and non-ECOWAS Countries.
According to him, the cost of the Cards for a foreign resident varies based on the person’s nationality indicating that all ECOWAS citizens will pay ten United States dollars (US$10) while those from outside of the ECOWAS region will pay twenty United States dollars (US$20).
He said the process of registering foreign nationals is a requirement and it does not need for any individual to be willing to go through the process.
He explained that the national I.D Cards are important because they operate on the Country’s technology noting, ‘you know today many things are done by technology through Computers, computers can make things to be fast’.
The NIR Executive Director furthered that whether citizens or aliens, everyone will need the card to open a bank account, register with the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), SIM Card and Land registration as well as payment from government among others.
Mr. Nagbe meanwhile revealed that NIR is carrying on national identification cards registration in the 15 Counties. He said the issue of only registering government workers was a special project intended to clean the payroll thereby urging non-government workers to take advantage of the process taking place across the Country.
He made the disclosure to newsmen at the end of a one-day meeting that brought together officials of the NIR, the Deputy Commissioner for Alien Affairs of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) AND representatives of various nationals including Nigerians, Sierra Leoneans and Guineans among others.