Ondo Consolidates On Residency card Success, Spreads ImplementationFeatured, Latest News, News From The State Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
Following the successful take off of the utilization phase of the Ondo state government initiated Residency card and success so far recorded with its implementation in the health sector, plans have been concluded for the focus of the scheme to be extended to other sectors.
The state’s Commissioner for Information, Hon. Kayode Akinmade while speaking with newsmen in Akure at the weekend on progress made so far with the implementation of the residency card also known as Kaadi Igbeayo, informed that the utilization phase of the scheme which took off with the Health sector has been very impressive, hence government’s decision to spread the implementation to other sectors.
He said tremendous success has been recorded so far with the implementation of the Smart card in the health sector, revealing that between 200 to 300 people register for the card from the sector daily.
Positing that the initiative has the potential of getting global reckoning soon with the rate of its acceptance, the Commissioner said because of the high rate of residents who turn out daily to register to obtain the card, government is considering multiplicity of registration centres to compliment the already existing Data Points.
Attributing the success recorded so far by the scheme to the cooperation of residents and their belief in the initiative, Akinmade informed that hospitals in the state have successfully bought into the scheme, adding that the success recorded in the health sector has encouraged government’s resolve to further consolidate on its success in the sector and extend its implementation focus to other sectors.
He urged those who had registered for the card before the utilization phase to go to their respective centre’s and collect their cards at no cost.
The Commissioner had mentioned before the Utilization flag-off that government would focus on initial four sectors for the card usage and mentioned the sectors as health, education, Agriculture and Micro finance.
Indications that the scheme would record a success had emerged shortly after the implementation phase commenced when, at the Akure Mother and Child hospital, expectant mothers pledged to cooperate with government and make it a success.
Deacon Beatrice Awodeyi who informed she was in the hospital to look after her second daughter to be delivered of babies free of charge said the services being enjoyed by patrons outweigh the N2,000 cost of the residency card submitting that patrons have been complying with the registration guidelines with no grudge.
At the flag off of the utilization phase a month ago, government said school pupils and students who enjoy government’s school shuttle scheme would have to present their parent’s smart card to access the facility.
It also mentioned that those who want to benefit from the government’s subsidized agricultural input as well as those who want to draw from government’s Micro- finance scheme would need to present their smart card before their application could be considered, as well as those patronising the state’s health facilities.
The purpose of the card include the facilitation of efficient record keeping, anti-corruption solution in the public service to enable higher level of qualitative and quantitative service delivery in people oriented sub-sector such as health, education, transportation and agriculture.
Kaadi Igbeayo also facilitates the systematic development of database for efficient security and surveillance .
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