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Biometric Card readers handed over to Uganda Communications Commission

Biometric Card readers handed over to Uganda Communications Commission

Machines that make it possible to read details technologically encrypted on Uganda’s National IDs have been handed over to Uganda Communications Commission by NIRA Executive Director, Ms Judy Obitre-Gama, a move expected to ease and hasten simcard validation by telecoms

NIRA as a body with the mandate among others to register Ugandans and legally resident foreigners and issue them with National IDs and alien IDs respectively offered the machines to resolve the simcard validation impasse.  Uganda Communications Commission directed telecoms to validate simcards using NINs or National IDs but had since stalled citing the inability of real time verification.  It then followed that most Ugandans who needed to replace or purchase simcards have been unable to do so but NIRA has made possible by in the meantime offering card reading machines to telecoms through UCC.

UCC is the telecom’s regulator and will within it’s discretion choose how to distribute the fifty card readers amongst the telecoms.

NIRA having understood the apparent burden telecom users are undergoing offered the biometric card readers to ease the process. The Machines will facilitate real time verification of the National Identity cards and telecoms are expected to commence the usage.  Henceforth holders of National ID cards will have them read by the machine and a thumb print taken for further verification. Quickening the process because, there will be no need for confirmation of information letters for those who will display their National IDs at telecom service centers.

However, Telecoms are expected within thirty days to have installed their own machines throughout respective country wide service centers.  

It’s important to note that the real time connectivity between UCC, telecoms and NIRA using the developed API to validate simcards using National IDs has been tested and concluded.

 

 

 

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Alien Registration

Registration of aliens is currently on going at the NIRA head offices at the National Independence grounds, Kololo airstrip.

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Registration of Learners Exercise rolled out, registers progress.

The project to register all school going children aged five to sixteen years in both government and private founded schools that commenced on 29th May has entered gained momentum. The exercise is being conducted at all (primary, post primary, secondary and tertiary) schools across the country; whether or not registered with the Ministry of Education and Sports.

As planned the project rolled out starting with the farthest (regions) parts of the country including, Karamoja, Mbarara, Jinja, Soroti, Arua, Gulu and Kampala. The delivery of kits and related materials that is used during the registration exercise continues in the rest of the regions. In some regions the one month targets have already been achieved.

To enable proper and efficient capturing of biodata, parents and guardians are encouraged to help their children fill the forms and attach photocopies of parents’ National IDs in the case of Ugandan nationals, while foreigners will attach copies of their passports and refugee cards for refugees.

The exercise is being implemented in collaboration with the ministry of Education & Sports among other Government agencies. As was the case during Mass enrollment in 2014, the Multi Sectorial approach is being used to implement the project. By using this approach, government is able to share infrastructure and resources which facilitates a shorter period of registration. It also reduces the overall cost of registration by 13 billion. Among other benefits, on completion of the project it will improve service delivery through development of e-Government services; and also provision of ready identification data will support effective planning for government services.

 

The exercise is being implemented throughout the course of term two and will end on 30th August 2017.

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NIRA’s exhibtion at World Bank group open day registers high attendance

NIRA exhibited and offered registration services to the public that visited its tent at the World Bank Group open day event. Over six hundred (600) patrons visited the display tent for the purpose of acquiring NIRA services. Those who had all the requirements needed for; enrollment of National IDs were immediately registered and their biometric data captured. Those who also sought to acquire birth certificates or adoption orders and had the requirements were attended to. While others who just needed to have an in-depth understanding of NIRA services were given necessary information and brochures.

Over fifty government agencies participated in the World Bank group open day to showcase their activities and services. The event “Partnering for Development,” was designed to help the public learn more about the benefits and the positive impact of many Bank-financed projects was held at Kololo Ceremonial grounds.

According to Christina Malmberg Calvo, the World Bank Country Manager, “The Open Day is an opportunity to learn more about our work in the country and discuss how our support can have a positive impact on the lives of Ugandans.”

The World Bank’s Country Partnership Framework (2016-2021) was also launched. It focuses on strengthening governance, accountability, and service delivery; raising incomes in rural areas; and boosting inclusive economic growth in urban areas.

As an organization NIRA seeks to take its services closer to the clients and exhibitions are provide such opportunities to further this goal.

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Over three hundred Registered at the Kampala Baby Expo

The Birth and Adoption Order Registration outreach held at the Kampala Baby Expo which aimed at registering child births and Adoption Orders recorded a success. The registration was for the purpose of issuance of birth certificates and adoption order certificates respectively.

A total of one hundred sixty three (163) birth certificates were issued on the spot owing to the well-founded verification process. The rest of the applicants who never collected their birth certificates or for their children will obtain them from the NIRA branch office located at; headquarters of Post office along Kampala Road.

The exercise that mainly targeted to register and issue birth certificates to children was conducted for two days over the weekend.  The event was part of the out reaches NIRA organizes to take its services closer to people. And in the meantime a number of similar (Birth, Death and Adoption Order Registration) activities have been lined up across selected parts of the country, including in; Tororo, Gulu and Mbarara.

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NIRA to participate in the Kampala Baby Expo

The Kampala baby expo provides space for enlightenment and preparation for all who have and want to have children.

NIRA will at the site Register and issue Birth Certificates. To enhance the acquisition process, birth certificate applicants require to provide birth notifications from hospitals for children born in hospitals and Division or Sub county notifications for children born out of hospitals.

The event will be conducted at Lugogo, Uganda Manufacturer’s Association (UMA) Multi Purpose Hall show grounds for two days –from Saturday 6th May-Sunday 7th May 2017; 09:00HRS-17:00HRS.

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