The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has highlighted the importance of the data-driven initiative. He made these remarks while speaking at the 2023 ID4Africa Augmented General Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. Through this initiative, the government wants to consolidate efforts towards successfully implementing the Edo State Residency Identity Card project.
The residency card project aims to gather data that would enhance adequate planning and successful implementation of government programmes and projects in the State. The Governor had also stated that the initiative would ensure equitable distribution of services to all communities in the State and facilitate effective and efficient delivery of government programmes in health, education and other social sectors.
Speaking at the general meeting in Nairobi, Obaseki highlighted the importance of data in enabling effective service delivery in Edo State. He noted that by issuing one million cards before the fourth quarter of 2024, the State would have achieved a significant milestone towards registering all its residents.
The theme of the Augmented General Meeting was “Digital Identity as Public Infrastructure”. It brought together stakeholders from different parts of the world to discuss issues relating to digital identity. They also discussed its role in transforming service delivery in Africa.
The Edo State Residency Identity Card project, will make it easier for the state government to plan and execute targeted development policies across the State. Further, The project will also foster social inclusion and seamless access to government services and programmes.
The Edo State Residency, Identity Card initiative, is a welcome development for the State’s people. It underscores the state government’s commitment to deploying technology to drive development and growth in the State and ensuring adequate security measures through its database. With the successful implementation of the project, residents in the State can look forward to more effective and efficient public services in the years to come.