Parliament asks NIRA to re-register students

By Risdel Kasasira & Nelson Wesonga

Kampala. Members of Parliament have asked the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) to reregister learners.
The authority registered 9, 817, 002 learners during the registration of learners last year, NIRA’s manager public relations and corporate affairs Gilbert Kadilo said last week.

Of the above, it has given 6, 439, 523, National Identification Numbers, which they will use, when they come of age, to get national identity cards. The details of the balance, whose mug-shots were not clear or whose particulars had some inconsistencies are being rectified.

“We were tasked to register school-going children. The working figure was 10 million. It was arrived at after a number of consultations. We asked the Ministry of Education to provide us with the figures and they have given us 8.6 million,” Mr Kadilo said while responding to the Daily Monitor’s queries.

“[We also] consulted [the Internal Security Organisation] ISO, which gave us an approximate figure of 12 million. We presented these figures to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics for rationalisation – and a figure of 10 million was arrived at…”

Daily Monitor contacted NIRA following the House Committee on Defence and Internal Affairs recommendation to re-register learners.
The committee, in a March 2018 report, said the previous registration was poorly done.

Responding to the committee’s call for a repeat registration, the State minister for Internal Affairs, Mr Obiga Kania, told Parliament during plenary last week that the exercise was a success and that there was no need to spend more government resources on the exercise.

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