The Anambra State Government has engaged the services of Chams PLC, an identity management and payments transaction company in Nigeria to execute the state’s residents’ identification programme.
The project is expected to assist the state government in the provision of better public services to the residents of the state, the technology company said.
Explaining the rationale for the project, Demola Aladekomo, Managing Director, Chams PLC says “The utilisation of information and communication technology (ICT) to improve service delivery in the public sector in Nigeria will make governance inclusive – bringing it closer to the people. It implies improved access to public service and drastic reduction in the high incidence of fraud and wastage often associated with public sector welfare programmes”.
He also underscored the cost-saving value of the project to the state, noting that the exercise will make it difficult for dishonest persons to operate within the system.
Olufemi Williams, Deputy Managing Director, Chams PLC noted that the project will enable the state government to make beneficial short, medium and long term plans and also aid efficient allocation of resources.
According to WiIlliams, “the ongoing implementation of residents’ identity management programmes by Anambra State will enhance the ability of the state government to make short, medium and long term plans for the benefit of their people. Upon completion, the state government will no longer depend on sketchy data in their bid to formulate and implement policies, projects and programmes because the number of people to cater for across sectors, and in rural and urban areas is known”.
Under the plan, the Chams DMD added that, “for instance, using data from its resident identity management project, a state government will be able to classify neighbourhoods based on their population thereby making adequate provision for public utilities in each neighbourhood based on the number of residents.”