Fayval Williams takes NIDS forum to Hermitage
Member of Parliament for St Andrew Eastern, Fayval Williams.
The government's drive to inform the public on the National Identification System (NIDS) has been making significant impact, according to MP Fayval Williams, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.
Williams’ statement follows a recently held forum in her St Andrew Eastern constituency at the New Testament Church of God, 3b Escarpment Road, Hermitage last week.
“This was the first one for my constituency and I'm going to be taking it around to all the communities so that everyone can hear firsthand about the National Identification System”, said Williams.
Since its inception many Jamaicans have been raising concerns about how the data used by NIDS will be secured against corruption among public agencies.
“I believe that many of the individuals that left here are more comfortable and I've heard many of the say they came to this meeting having heard a lot negatives about it (NIDS) and now they are feeling much happier walking away because all those negatives were cleared up,” Williams said.
Meanwhile, Jacqueline Lunch Stewart, Chief Technical Director, Office of the Prime Minister, NIDS, highlighted the importance of these public sensitization initiatives and encouraged more citizens to attend the forums.
“The thing I like about these sort of interaction is that it clears up a lot of these misconceptions and people understand why we need a National Identification System and how we are going to implement it,” said Steward. “So, we find when we do these things that the fear level goes down”.
The NIDS will capture biometric data, such as fingerprint and facial photograph, and is slated to become the primary source for identity verification and authentication.
Management of the system will be done by a new agency, the National Identification Registration Authority, which will incorporate the work of the Registrar General’s Department (RGD).