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Parliament recommends forensic audit on learners’ registration under NIRA

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Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | The parliamentary committee on defense and internal affairs has recommended for a forensic audit to be carried out on the learners’ registration project that was implemented by the National Identification and Registration Authority.

The project was carried out in both primary and secondary schools across the country during the national ID student enrolment exercise and it was intended to capture the data of children aged 5-16 years which the authority did not have in its national registry databank

The committee in its report presented before parliament by the chairperson also Mityana woman Member of parliament Judith Nabakooba,  noted that the mismanagement of resources by NIRA may explain why by the time this exercise closed, only 8.6 million learners were registered instead of the 14 million that were targeted.

The report faulted NIRA for failing to account for huge sums of money, flouting procurement procedures as well as channeling billions of money to individual accounts during the exercise.

However, the state minister for primary education Rosemary Nansubuga Sseninde said the failure by NIRA to register the targeted number should be blamed on individual parents and learners who were procrastinating.


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