The National Identity Card Management Commission (NICMC) has received a knock from the Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers for failing to register qualified Deltans and residents of the State since the exercise commenced in 2013.
The Delta Monarchs expressed their dissatisfaction over the agency’s poor performance in the state in a communiqué issued at the end of their meeting in Asaba.
In the three point communique presented by the Chairman of the Council, Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor 11, Obi of Owa Kingdom , the Royal Fathers remarked that a little over one million people have been registered out of over four million Deltans since 2013.
The council decried the poor performance of the commission saying that so far, only forty eight thousand Identity cards had been produced from the one million registered in the last seven years.
The Traditional Rulers maintained that out of the forty eight thousand cards produced only twenty thousand have been delivered to the registrants describing the development as a deliberate ploy to reduce the number of those registered and short changed Delta State.
The Royal Fathers maintained that there were five activation centers in the State which they described as non functional pointing out that there was no well articulated method of registration and point of collection to the detriment of the State.
The Monarchs therefore called on the relevant Federal Government Agency or Supervisory Ministry to adopt a more proactive measure to facilitate the registration of Deltans to enable them obtain the National Identity Card with ease.
The Traditional Rulers expressed concern over the increasing rate of COVID 19 infection occasioned by the disregard and breach in protocols and urged Deltans to stay safe and healthy at all times.
The Monarchs also expressed delight at the quick recovery of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and members of his family from COVID 19 and thanked God for his mercies.
They also appreciated God for the speedy recovery of the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie , the State Commissioner of Information, Mr Charles Aniagu from the Coronavirus and wished all those at various isolation centres across the State Speedy recovery.
The meeting was attended by Traditional Rulers from across the State including the second Vice Chairman of the Council and Pere of Akugbene Mien, SP Kalanama viii among others.