CNPP Condemns Fed Govt’s Plan To spend N30b on ID cards

Labaran Maku Labaran Maku

Oct 3rd, 2011 – CNPP Condemns Fed Govt’s Plan To spend N30b on ID cards

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) yesterday described the proposed spending of N30.066billion on the Unified Identity Management System by the Federal Government as fraud.

The party noted that the expenditure is of no value because “Nigeria spent over N40 billion for Identity Data Capture Machine for Biometric Registration of Nigerians of over 18 years and above for the 2011 elections under the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) less than eight months ago”.

Last week, the Minister of Information Labaran Maku announced the plan by the Federal Government to spend the money on identity date capturing machines for Biometric Registration.

A statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Osita Okechukwu, urged President Goodluck Jonathan to probe the N30.066 billion planned spending.

CNPP said it had searched the Federal Government’s Tenders Journal and could not locate where the Unified Identity Management Systems Project was advertised, in accordance with the Public Procurement Act”. 

It said: “Independent Speech of President Jonathan’s October 1, 2011. In the Federal Executive Council meeting of September 28, few days before the Independent speech, quoted above, where  President Jonathan assured the citizenry to work together to bequeath a country where corruption and its attendant vices are banished; regrettably, N30.066 billion was siphoned off the Federation Account. 

“Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) also deployed around the country state-of-the-art Biometric Equipment for Driver’s Licence for 18-year-olds and above; the National Health Insurance Scheme {NHIS} has Identity Data Capture Machine; the National Communications Commission (NCC), the banks, Pension Commission and sundry agencies have similar equipment. 

“Questions! Questions! Questions! Why spend N30.066 billion for Unified Identity Management System, rather than adapt the INEC data base, which covered the nooks and crannies of the country? Or, is it the confirmation that INEC Data Base is amateurish, which made the commission to refuse the CPC to access its Data Base for the party’s case at the Presidential Election Tribunal? 

“We cannot locate how our economy will grow, generate employment for our teaming youths and enhance prosperity for every citizen, when billions are being siphoned under Mr President’s watch and when he has shown gross incapacity to recover stolen wealth (Daily Times).