The Jigawa office of the National Identity Cards Commission (NIMC) says it has opened 10 more special registration centres to speed up enrollment in the state.
Mr Aminu Jakada, the NIMC Coordinator in the state, made this known in an interview with our correspondent in Dutse on Tuesday.
Jakada said that the centres were in Kazaure Emirate in collaboration with Kazaure Emirate Council to speed up the enrollment of residents.
He added that the commission has three other special centres at Chakwaikwaiwa village in Taura Local Government Area, Federal University Dutse (FUD) in Dutse Local Government Area and Hadejia town in Hadejia Local Government Area.
The coordinator added that “and I must add that we are still interested in opening more special centres. So, if there is any town or organisation interested in opening a special center, we are willing and ready to collaborate and do that.”
He expressed the hope that the centres would enable more residents to register easily with the commission.
He exlained that “with the support of Kazaure Emirate Council, we were able to provide 10 more special registration centres in the area to enable more people to register with ease.
“The aim of the centres is to ease the stress of residents in those areas as they do not have to come to the state capital to register.
“People can now register in their respective areas without necessarily coming to Dutse to register, the gesture will definitely speed up the exercise.”
According to him, the commission has a total of 40 registration centres across the state.
Jakada further told our correspondent that the agency was currently collaborating with Jigawa Government, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Hadejia Ina Mafiya – a Community Based Organisation (CBO) and Kazaure Emirate Council in the areas of sensitisation and mobilisation of residents.
“So in total, we now have 40 enrollment centres in Jigawa.
“We are also collaborating with Jigawa Government, NOA, Hadejia Ina Mafiya, Kazaure Emirate Council in areas of sensitisation and mobilisation,” Jakada explained.
He, therefore, urged the people to avail themselves the opportunity by visiting any of the centres close to their areas for registration.
The coordinator appreciated the efforts of the committee set up by the state to enlighten residents on the need to register and obtain identity cards.
“The committee set up by Jigawa Government to mobilise people is very important.
“This is because before the committee, turnout of people for registration was very poor, but now, people troop to the centres to register.”