The public relations manager at the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), Mr Mugisha Osborn has revealed that they will carry out a mass registration exercise in Bunyoro sub-region in Western Uganda.
Mr Osborn said that the registration is targeting young adults below 16 years who have never registered for National Identification Numbers (NINs) and also those who registered but didn’t get these numbers.
“I invite all people in this region especially the young generation to be part of this exercise because we shall extend our services for identity card registration and issuance of NIN numbers for students,” he noted.
A NIN of any citizen doesn’t change regardless of the time of issue since it contains ones date of birth, sex and citizenship.
This mega registration will be held on the sidelines of the National Primary Schools MDD competitions and festivals that will be held at Buhaga Secondary school in Hoima city.
Dubbed under the theme “My NIN My birth right” this mega registration will run from 28th August to 3rd September 2023.
In 2017, the Government registered students between the age of 5 and 16 and gave them NINs a project that was led by NIRA and the education Ministry with the aim of easing the identification process of students across the country.
Lately, it’s now a requirement for a student to have a NIN to be registered in a school and also with the Uganda National Examination Board.
Bunyoro sub-region consists of districts like Hoima, Buliisa, and Kagadi but the NIRA mouthpiece noted that even students and old citizens from nearby districts can also access these services because this is a government exercise that will accommodate them all.
Students on the dee day, are only required to carry I’D photocopies of their parents and a NIRA birth registration record or any other document. However for children below 9 months, these shouldn’t come to the center, a parent is the only one needed for they will be in a position to provide details of these children.
Osborn also noted that because they are looking out for an efficient identification system and a clean register all those that are coming for this exercise should endeavor to provide them with relevant details and information.
“It’s important that all students and parents that are coming provide us with relevant details because this helps NIRA to easily carry out its mandate and work” he highlighted.
This festival will involve schools from several regions of the country which will all converge in Hoima district.