Public sector workers to get NIDS first

Warren Vernon
With Monday's passage of the National Identification and Registration Bill in the Senate and its impending approval by the Lower House, preparations are being made for the systematic implementation of the programme.
Warren Vernon, Project Director of the National Identification System (NIDS), has said public sector workers are expected to be the first set of Jamaicans registered.
The pilot project will be implemented early 2019.
"What is being proposed now is at the point of enrolment, persons will be required to give as prescribed by law your full name, your date of birth, your biometric information, which is your finger print, facial image and your manual signature. Upon registration, you will go through a very rigorous assessment process or verification process to ensure that the data is in fact clean and that the content of what we are recording is in fact unique to that individual," he explained.  
Mr. Vernon said the pilot project in January 2019 will be used to iron out any kinks in the system before a national implementation of the programme in about September 2019. 
He was speaking at a news conference at Jamaica House on Tuesday morning.
The Government will spend US$68 million to implement the system.

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