The Kano State Government announced on Friday that it had earmarked N1 billion for the issuance of identity cards to residents of the state.
Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso said in Kano at the launching of the programme that issuance of the cards was part of measures by government to monitor the influx of people into Kano city.
He said that the project, which included registration of residential houses, would cover the eight local government areas in Kano metropolis.
He listed the areas to include Gwale, Tarauni, Kano Municipal, Kumbotso, Dala, Fage, Nasarawa and Ungoggo.
Mr. Kwankwaso said the exercise would enhance security, through close identification, in addition to providing the government with reliable demographic data for development planning.
He said the cards would be issued free of charge.
The governor warned warned the public that Kano residents who refused to obtain the ID cards at the initial stage would pay for it later.