Biometric ID set for use in 2016from AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA – THE Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) biometric identity card will go into force in 2016.
This was disclosed in a communique issued at the just-ended 73rd Ordinary session of the regional council of ministers held in Abuja.
According to the communique the document will replace the Travel Certificate currently in use.
“The new Biometric Identity Card is to circulate alongside the National Identity Card in each Member State for a period of time until the institutionalization of the new document within a specified timeframe,” read a statement.
It added that the Ministers after considering the report of regional Heads of Immigration Services on the use of the ECOWAS National Biometric Identity Card endorsed the new document for the approval of the ongoing Authority of Heads of State and Government in Abuja.
ECOWAS said council also considered the 2014 Annual Report of the ECOWAS Commission’s President, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, which provided positive growth forecasts with economic activity put at 5,3 percent in 2014 compared to 4,8 percent in 2013.
The council also considered, among others, the Interim Report of the Financial Controller, with some recommendations and decisions, including the need for improved implementation of the Protocol on the Community Levy, to enable the organization discharge its financial functions more effectively.
Also considered by Council, were the Report of the just-ended 16th Session of the ECOWAS Administration and Finance Committee and the Phase 1 Report of the study on Institutional Reforms carried out by an international consultancy firm.
The outcome of the Council meeting will feed into the agenda of 46th Ordinary Session of the Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government in Abuja today.
– CAJ News
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