The Ondo State Government says it has concluded arrangements for the implementation of the Residency Card Scheme, also known as ‘Kaadi Igbeayo’.

This was contained in a press release made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Akure on Tuesday by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Kayode Akinmade.

According to the statement, the implementation of the scheme will begin on July 2 with ownership of the card being a condition for residents to access government services.

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The statement, therefore, directed those who had not obtained their cards to visit the Civic Data Centres in their respective local governments to obtain them before the implementation date.

It quoted the commissioner as saying that some of the government services to be accessed using the card were the school shuttle bus scheme for children and wards of residents.

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Another service, it said, was the Mother and Child hospital facilities.

“Anyone interested in subsidised agricultural inputs, among other social benefits, will only be able to do so from July 2 if they own the card,’’ the statement said.

It listed the advantages to include facilitating the systematic development of database for efficient security and surveillance purposes as well as facilitating the use and management of government facilities.

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“Others are facilitation of efficient record keeping, and enabling a higher level of qualitative and quantitative service delivery in people-oriented sub-sectors such as health, education, transportation and agriculture,’’ it added.

According to the statement, over 850,000 residents had so far obtained their residency cards.