Public sector workers first up for NIDS
Public Sector Workers will be the first Jamaicans enrolled on the National Identification System (NIDS), as they have been selected for the pilot programme.
The head of the NIDS secretariat in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart, says the programme will be rolled out in an organised way so as not to put the country in chaos.
Speaking at a press conference at Jamaica House yesterday, the morning after the Senate passed the bill with 168 amendments, she said that adoption of the law will not take place overnight.
She says using public sector workers who are stationed all across Jamaica will allow the authorities to assess how to roll out the programme islandwide.
NIDS will start with a National Identification Number for all, and will evolve to a National Identification Card.
Both Lynch-Stewart and the rest of the Government’s team at the press conference said that the single most important component of NIDS will be unique and accurate identity verification.