The Ondo State Government has upgraded its Permanent Residency Card [PRC] for optimal performance.
The multipurpose card otherwise known as ‘Kaadi igbeayo’ was launched in 2013 by the immediate past administration to serve as an interface between government and the general public.
The original purpose of the card was to allow all residents of the state have equal and unhindered access to government social programmes and services.
The card was also designed to enable the state government generate enough funds to meet ever increasing demands of over 4 million population who are permanent residents with about 3 million inbound commuters.
According to available data, more than one million of these residents are yearly enjoying certain aids and social packages from about 10 government Agencies who are dispensing more than 50 essential services at heavily subsidized rate and in most cases free of charge. To this end, the idea of Kaadi igbeayo became expedient to serve as a simple, potent and standard mechanism for administrative control and regulation.
Also, the PRC was to serve as a reliable database for policy planning and implementation of both sensitive and non-sensitive public issues. In this regard, PRC was developed to collect data for workable symbiotic relationship between government and the governed; mitigate losses due to its paper-based coupon system among others.
The smartcard with a gold plated chip has an electronic identity and barcode that contains important information of the owner such as biometric, health history, evidence of tax payment, properties, social benefits among others.
On assumption of office, the present administration under the leadership of the Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu [SAN] directed the State Information Technology Agency [SITA] to subject the card to detailed scientific analysis with a view to putting it into use.
Consequent upon the scientific test, it was discovered that about 43,000 out of 612,000 residents who registered under the Kaadi igbeayo have no mobile phone numbers, 23,000 without surnames while more than 50,000 are without identifiable residential addresses and photographs therefore rendering them invalid.
Since it is the believe of the present administration that the wheels of human progress can only roll faster with the application of scientific knowledge, SITA immediately deployed its seasoned and well trained Computer Engineers to put into use the transformative power of ICT not only to correct the initial problems facing the card but upgrade it to a smartcard that can perform all it original functions with additional values.
Today, SITA is glad to inform the public that the card has not only be recalibrated but upgraded to accommodate more applications than before. The new features are as follows;
Ondo State Residency ID Number [ORIN]
With these additional values, the smartcard will undoubtedly enable government to perform the following functions;
Expand, manage, evaluate and control social services
Economic planning, General Administration, Security of lives and property.
Improved Revenue generation, property and Loans management.
Integrated health and education management system
Promote e-governance, Transparency and Accountability
Access both national and international social welfare services.
Speaking on the development, SSA to the Governor on ICT Hon. Olumbe Akinkugbe said the upgrading is part of deliberate and conscious effort by the present administration to transform the state to the next digital level.
Akinkugbe who is also the Chairman of the Agency therefore appealed to all residents of the state to come and register so as to enable government capture them in its social schemes and programmes.