Ondo State to begin implementation of residency card on July 2

Ondo State government has announced that the implementation of the residency card, otherwise known as Kaadi Igbeayo, will begin on July 2.

The state Commissioner for Information, Honourable Kayode Akinmade, in a statement on Tuesday said that ownership of the card would, from the said date, become a condition for residents of the state to access government services.

He said that parents who want their wards to continue to enjoy the school shuttle scheme and mothers who want to access government hospital facilities as well as those interested in subsidised agric inputs, among other social benefits, would only be able to do so if they possess the card.

He listed other advantages of the cards to include: facilitation of efficient record keeping, higher level of service delivery in health, education, transportation and agriculture.

Government, therefore, directed those who have not obtained their cards to visit the civic data centres in their respective local governments.

It will be recalled that the Federal Government had, at the launch of the card before now, described it as a tool that will fast-track the socio-economic development of the state.

Represented at the launch by former Minister for Information, Labaran Maku, the Federal Government said the card would revolutionise the state’s economy.

The former minister who lauded Governor Olusegun Mimiko for standing firm by building on the developmental legacies left behind by the sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, said his administration had placed emphasis on social welfare, targeted at making life better for the people.

Over 850,000 residents have so far obtained their residency cards.

Credit: Hakeem Gbadamosi/Nigerian Tribune