Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has underscored the need for reliable data collection and coordination for national planning and development.
He stated this on Wednesday when the management of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) led by the Delta State Coordinator, Ms Henrietta Okolo, visited him at Government House, Asaba.
The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Kingsley Otuaro, harped on the need for relevant data to be collected for effective implementation of development plans.
Okowa said it was regrettable that only 42 million out of the estimated 200 million Nigerians had been registered for the National Identity Card project and called on NIMC and other stakeholders to redouble efforts at ensuring that more Nigerians were registered.
He noted that inadequate data for planning purposes posed a serious challenge to the development of the country and urged NIMC to do more in sensitizing the people on the importance of registering for the National Identity card.
The Governor assured NIMC of the support and partnership of the state government in ensuring that more Deltans registered for the National Identity Card.
Earlier, the Delta State Coordinator, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Ms Henrietta Okolo, said the advocacy visit to the Governor was in commemoration of this year’s National Identity Management Day.
She said this year’s edition of the National Identity Day, with the theme “Identity for Health, Sustainable Development and Growth” was apt in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the management of palliatives by various governments and donor agencies.
Ms Okolo said the best way to manage palliatives in the pandemic was through the National Identification Number (NIN) and urged Nigerians to come and register as registration was free for all eligible citizens and legal residents.