Letters to the Editor

The who and the what in NIDS

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Dear Editor,

Our prime minister is a chess player who can beat most of us. He has championed crime and the national identification system (NIDS) Bill — both being powerful and expensive pieces.

He is not going to put himself in a fork with both pieces under attack where he is sure to lose either, maybe even both!

Either, or both, if successful, will be a great achievement further solidifying his legacy to our nation.

His next move is going to demonstrate his strategic skills.

NIDS must and will go ahead in 2018 and can be done within schedule and for far less than is being proposed. The prime minister correctly speaks about the system identifying the who, but the Bill speaks more about the what, which is old school.

Let us fix that Bill to make it match what the prime minister wants, which is 21st-century national registration and identification system.

Let us incentivise the system and allow stakeholders to see the benefits and be glad to be registered, rather than driving fear into them.

Jamaica's NIDS will be the best in this hemisphere and the core of our digital information society.

If the Government insists on pursuing this rushed path for such an important system, we run the risk of never having it implemented — a great loss to our Jamaican people.

We are born with identity, not given identity with a card.

It's about the who, not the what.

Peter Wright





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