Liberia: National Identification Registry in Retrospect

Published: 11/Apr/2019
Source: Liberian Observer

NIR Executive Director J. Nagbe Tiah: “We will set up a new biometric civil registry and issue the first one million ID cards, including 50,000 ECOWAS standard cards.”

What is the National Identification Registry (NIR)? This is one of the questions that take minds back to the days of former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, when many structures and systems were put in place to optimize the country’s resources, especially its human resource of 4.5 million people.

Whether those structures and systems truly met their reasons for which they were established or not, is left with the public and the government’s partners to narrate.

One of the new agencies created at the time was the National Identification Registry (NIR).

On August 1, 2011, then President Sirleaf signed into law the National Identification Registry Act, which repealed People’s Redemption Council (PRC) Decree #65, establishing the National Identification Card System.

In May, 2012, President Sirleaf established the NIR Board of Registrars.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Liberia
Year: 2019