Members of the Senate have expressed their commitment to support the production of a National Biometric Identification System Cards (NBIS) for citizens in the country.The lawmakers, who attended a two-day legislative retreat organized by the National Identification Registry (NIR) in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, said the Act creating the Registry was passed into law and signed by the President since 2011. As such, the Registry needs to double its efforts if it is to meet the target of producing citizen and resident identification cards by February 2017.In separate statements made last weekend, Senator Jonathan Kaipay of Grand Bassa County admonished the leadership of the Registry to make urgent use of the next two weeks to secure funding in the National Budget for the implementation of the project. Senator Kaipay used the occasion to call on his colleagues to ensure that funds are allocated in the National Budget for the Implementation of the NBIS.Sinoe County Senator Milton Teajay also called on the Registry to take all security measures to avoid duplications and exposures of the system to fraud.Also speaking, Senator Steve Zargo of Lofa County and Chairman of the Senate committee on National Defense noted that the issue of National Identity is a concern to the entire world considering the global threat of terrorism.He said the communication industry is facing a serious challenge in registering all of the GSM numbers in the country because of the lack of national citizen identification cards.Earlier, the Executive Director of the NIR, J. Tiah Nagbe, told lawmakers that the Act creating the entity was signed in 2011, with an initial budgetary allocation of US$500,000 for the fiscal year 2015/16.Mr. Nagbe said the intention for creating the NIR is to primarily design, establish, maintain and administer the NBIS. He then expressed his team’s preparedness to move on with the process.“NBIS process will be a modern computerized database containing important information on all citizens and residents in Liberia. To do that, the entity needs about US$5 million for the implementation of the first phase of the project in 2017,” Mr. Nagbe said.He said some of the services to benefit from the registry include elections; census and statistics; social security and welfare benefits payments; immigration; policing; crime scene investigation; banking; insurance; telecommunications as well as the use of education services; health services; issuance of identification for birth certificates, passports, driver’s license, etc.Mr. Nagbe noted that building public trust in the system was one of the challenges that might hinder the process. He, however, assured that his team intends to build such trust by being transparent, accountable, and maintaining an open line of communication with the public.He said the Registry has been divided into three to establish permanent infrastructure or data center, mass enrollment, and the construction of permanent enrollment centers across the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
WHITTIER – After teaching by the books for 34 years, retiring history teacher Craig Ensz wants to leave his students a legacy of reality. The 57-year-old La Habra residents is determined to “really make a difference” with his Frontier High School students by taking seven of them on a trip to Europe this spring. “I’ve had 34 years of books with Frontier kids, and I thought that at this point, reality would be a much better thing to teach them than books,” he said. And in the case of the seven students selected from Ensz’s continuation school classes, reality will be something far different from their lives in their largely Latino and predominantly working-class neighborhood in unincorporated West Whittier. “It’s kind of nice to think that instead of just walking into a classroom – even though I’m only taking a small number – that they’ll have smiles on their faces and be able to say to themselves, `Wow, this is the real world.”‘ Ensz got the idea for the trip, which he is planning on his own, only about a week ago. Already, he has secured spots for himself and the students on a 21-member group tour that will visit Germany, Switzerland and Austria from April 15-23. But a major obstacle remains – financing the trip. Ensz estimates it will cost $17,500 to fund the excursion for all seven students. Now he’s hoping area service clubs and businesses will step forward to make it happen. Since he is planning the trip on his own, he is not relying on any help from Frontier High or the Whittier Union High School District. He has made it clear to the seven students that if the funding doesn’t materialize, the trip is off. But that has not dampened the enthusiasm of seniors Michael Castaneda, David Cobian, Ruben Madrigal, Josue Marroquin, Hugo Olvera, Emmanuel Ozuna and Aaron Rincon. “When he told me, I was kind of surprised because I never would have thought of it,” said Ozuna, 18, who is in his last week of classes at Frontier. “I’m excited about it,” he added. “Me and my cousin wanted to go to Europe but like later, when I was 20-something. I never thought it would come so soon.” Ensz said he selected the seven because they have all been in his classes for years, did well in their studies and have developed a friendship with him. Because of possible problems with girls and boys sharing rooms, he picked only boys, he said. The students must fill out applications, but they have received their families’ blessing, Ensz said. The cost of the trip is $2,500 per student, including $2,058 for transportation, meals, hotels, fees, insurance and taxes. The remainder will cover student passports, visas, pre-trip expenses and spending money. Anyone interested in donating can contact Ensz at (562)698-8121, Ext. 1134. Donations also can be mailed to the Craig Ensz Student Fund, 1020 Amanda Lane, La Habra, CA 90631. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!