Pres. Weah Urges Citizens to Obtain National Identification Cards

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President George Weah's acquaintance visit at the NIR allowed him the opportunity to understand not only the operations of the agency, but people’s responses to the services delivered at the agency.

President George Weah has called on all Liberians to go to the offices of the National Identification Registry (NIR) in Congo Town, along the Tubman Boulevard and get their identification cards.

The President made the statement when he visited the NIR on Friday, March 8, 2019. He said citizens would appreciate government’s efforts to systematize living by not only ensuring that taxes are paid for other areas of public services, but also acquiring national identification cards that help them in terms of security and other development purposes.

He said the national registry is useful in many ways, including the establishment of a database on the citizens and residents, identification of people for various reasons and delivery of government services across the country.

According to a press release issued by the NIR, President Weah toured the national biometric data-center and the printing facilities to familiarize himself with the activities there.

“The President sought to understand the registration process, especially circumstances under which applications can be rejected,” the press statement said, adding that Weah also urged the NIR management to be efficient in the job that has to improve the image of the country.

Weah’s acquaintance visit at the NIR allowed him the opportunity to understand not only the operations of the agency, but people’s responses to the services delivered at the agency.

The NIR is an autonomous agency of government, established by an Act of the Legislature in 2011 to register all Liberians and foreign residents. Since it began operation in November 2017, the agency has registered more than 100,000 Liberians. Currently, registration of citizens is taking place in all 15 county capitals using mobile registration teams.

NIR executive director, Tiah Nagbe said informed President Weah that some applicant can be rejected when lacked of ‘Oath of Allegiance” as required by law, which in the case where one of the applicant’s parents is a non-Liberian, and if there was no proven evidence that the applicant is a Liberian.

Zeze R. Reed, deputy director for technical services, and deputy director for administration, Haja Liberty, toured with the President through the facilities, and provided him information concerning reasons responsible for people being denied of registration as well as the challenges confronting the system.

President Weah, was accompanied by the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel F. McGill and the Minister of Internal Affairs, Varney A. Sirleaf. Sirleaf is also the chairman of the NIR Board of Registrars.

11 COMMENTS

  1. With all the terrible crap going on in the country, he never says a word but he comes out to talk about ID registration? What an idiot.

      • Boakai – You’re low IQ so I won’t waste my time debating you. That dumbass Weah keeps his stupid mouth shut when there are serious issues going on in the country. But he comes out to talk about ID card when people are struggling to find food to feed their families.

  2. “The NIR is an autonomous agency of government, established by an Act of the Legislature in 2011 to register all Liberians and foreign residents.”

    “NIR executive director, Tiah Nagbe said informed President Weah that some applicant can be rejected when lacked of ‘Oath of Allegiance” as required by law, which in the case where one of the applicant’s parents is a non-Liberian, and if there was no proven evidence that the applicant is a Liberian.”

    Do you see the obvious disconnect in your reporting of this story? Surely, you can do better.

  3. James Citizen(Fake name) what are some of the terrible crap going on in Liberia that President Weah did not see but talking about ID. I do not think you have travel outside of where you are. National identity is very important for citizen identification. Liberia is not the only country but World wide so stop the criticism that have no relavence

    • Wood P. – Let me tell you about some of the issues dumbass Weah should be talking about: How he plans to create Jobs, how he plans to solve the bad economic situation, how he plans to clean up dirty Monrovia, condemn the killing of that CBL official, condemn rape and violence against women, and the list goes on. Liberians are so poor, they can barely buy food to eat because there are no jobs. No President with any common sense would start building up his real estate empire when his people are destitute? Only a dumbass like Weah would do such a thing.

  4. Mr. James Citizen,
    Good morning Sir. How are you today?

    Please allow me to say this. The suggestion by Weah that all Liberians should obtain a state-supplied ID is phenomenal. In the US, a government-supplied ID is one’s driver’s license. People who do not drive due to a host of reasons, usually obtain state IDs from a Registry or from a currency exchange facility. I suppose IDs are required to be carried by citizens of all civilized nations worldwide. Okay?

    Why do you think it is insanity or “terrible crap” for Liberians to be urged by Weah to obtain IDs? If an opposition aspiring candidate said that IDs are mandated by law for all Liberians, would that be considered a “terrible crap”? When you say “terrible crap”, what do you actually mean?

    Mr. Citizen, is there anything Weah can say or do that will please you? If Weah resigns tomorrow, will you be the happiest person on earth?

    Perhaps the answer you and a long list haters and critics have in mind is “yes”. Well, don’t delude yourself! If Weah resigns tomorrow, the problems of Liberia will persist. Also, the “terrible crap” will not go away. Of course, I am not sure about your definition of terrible crap.

    Mr. Citizen, the ball is your court gentleman. What do you mean by terrible crap? Could you give a few examples of a terrible crap please?

    • F.S. Hney – Weah is not a leader. He keeps his mouth shut when critical issues are going on in the country. Recently an official of the CBL was violently murdered. Did he come out to condemn it? Nope. He keeps quiet which implies that either he doesn’t care or he knows what’s going on. Monrovia is very dirty, does he say anything? Nope. The city is dark at night – no street lights working. Does he say anything? Nope. No jobs for people. Does he talk about plans to create jobs? Nope. Few months ago, a teenage girl was gang raped in New Georgia township. Did he come out and condemn violence against women? Nope. Gangs are attacking and destroying the property of concession companies around the country, like GVL. Did he come out and condemn violence against concession companies? Nope. While Liberians are suffering and can’t afford to buy food or pay tuition, he’s building up his real estate empire with money he can’t explain to the Liberian people. The guy is worse than what many people expected. A complete jackass.

  5. Hey Boakai,
    I agree with you. Please allow me to suggest this: You cannot quench fire by spraying kerosene in its path. I don’t know Mr. James Citizen. If you accuse him of being an idiot, the whole thing will swing back and forth.

    However, I will suggest this: Don’t send Mr. Citizen in space yet. Who knows? He could dilute the heavenly bodies up there too. Mr. Citizen has got to be told that Weah is definitely not an idiot.

    Example, Weah believes that road construction brings economic improvement across the board. Does our man Mr. Citizen have problems with the construction of roads in Liberia?

    What is known is that every human being in America has an ID. A person’s Social Security number is a kind of an ID. Why in the world is it a terrible crap for Weah to urge Liberians to obtain an ID? Is it because Weah says it?

  6. Mr. James Citizen,
    Without doubt, a lot of things need to be done in Liberia. The problem is that nine times out of ten, Weah is castigated by people, including you for things he didn’t do.

    Don’t get me wrong. I am not making excuses for him. When you say that “Monrovia needs to be cleaned”, it’s an undeniable factual statement. When I visited the Waterside area of downtown Monrovia, I couldn’t breathe. The air was polluted with the stench of rotten fish and piles of garbage. However, my point is that whereas you and I agree that Monrovia needs a facelift in terms of cleaning, the problem shouldn’t be wholly blamed on Weah. The truth is that Monrovia is and has been dirty and stinky before Weah became president. Also my dear brother, the fact that Weah does not babble everyday about cleaning the city does not make him an idiot. No, Weah is not an idiot. Let’s cut a slack for the guy.

    Mr. Citizen, I am concerned about cleaning the city of Monrovia! Presently, I am writing a cleaning proposal for Monrovia. One of my sons works part time for a company that disposes garbage to its final disposal site in the US. I sincerely believe that my limited experience from what see will be beneficial in terms of doing something about Monrovia. My main point is this….all of us can do something to help our beloved country. Insults will not alleviate unemployment, gang rape or corruption.

    I understand that every Liberian is entitled to free speech. I cannot curtail anyone’s free speech. You can disagree with Weah all year long. But, we’ve got to understand that good things do not get done overnight.

    Finally, the verdict is not in yet as it relates to the buildings that are being erected in Monrovia. If there’s ample verifiable evidence that Weah is using the country’s money to erect buildings, it should be made public. Where’s the evidence? Until I see evidence of theft by the president, I will remain unconvinced. In fact, it’s pure baloney that the country’s meager resources are being used by Weah in order to put up houses/buildings for his family. Innuendos? No. Evidence? Yes.

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