Edo to register and issue identity cards to residents – Nigerian Observer

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…as the government prepares to shut down unregistered markets

Edo State Governor Mr Godwin Obaseki said his administration is finalizing plans to start issuing ID cards to residents of the state’s 18 local government areas in the state. framework of measures to control insecurity.

The Governor disclosed this while addressing stakeholders at a security meeting held in Auchi, in the Etsako West Local Government Area of ​​the state.

He said, “We are launching the Edo State Resident ID System. Every resident of Edo must have an identity card. The ID will be linked to the Biometric Verification Number (BVN) so we know who is who.

“With that, if something happens, we can follow. We are not saying that we will not accept visitors. We’re not saying we’re going to fire people, but if you’re going to live with us, we need to know you.

“We need to have the addresses of all the markets in our local government areas. The idea of ​​markets breaking into people’s homes and unregistered must end. All these markets must be closed. Laws specify how markets can be created.

“If there’s a fire tomorrow, we won’t even be able to get there. People will shout that we have lost our goods, and because we have not registered this place as a market, we are not able to provide the facilities like water and all the things people need to go there. trading.

Obaseki continued, “These markets never seem to close. Aren’t the markets supposed to close? Don’t they have a closing and opening time? But these markets never close. People live there. Investigations by security personnel show that all sorts of things are going on there when these markets are supposed to have closed.

“We will have to close all unregistered markets. If you want a place as a market, the local government council should do the necessary and also provide them with the necessary facilities for a proper market,” the governor noted.

Speaking on the role of vigilantes in tackling insecurity in the state, Obaseki said the training of the first batch of 500 vigilantes will begin on August 22 at the Nigeria Police Barracks in Ogida, noting that only the registered vigilante groups will benefit from the initiative.

“On September 12, each local government will give us the list of everyone they have registered to operate as motorcyclists or tricycles.

“As of the following Monday, we will begin enforcing the rules that anyone who has not registered cannot run as Okada and Keke NAPEP runners. We have agreed to provide additional logistics for security operations in Edo North, in particular the provision of more motorcycles for rural areas.

On the anti-grazing law, the governor assured: “By the end of August, the members of the anti-grazing law application and implementation committee will be inaugurated. Free grazing has been banned in Edo since May 27 this year. »

Commending the efforts of security personnel in combing the bush, the governor commended security officers for continuously conducting surveillance operations in all forests in the state, noting, “I understand that the exercise of combing of the bush took place and it was a success. However, we have had a few incidents since the last meeting, our monthly security meeting revealed hot spots where these activities are more prevalent.

In his contribution, His Royal Highness, Oba Idogu III commended the Governor for his swift intervention in addressing insecurity in the state.

Also speaking, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Deke Kanoba, Egiegbai II of Ekperi Kingdom, Etsako Central Local Government Area of ​​the State, urged security personnel to cooperate with vigilante groups to ensure safety in rural areas.

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