To establish the new National Identity Card (NIC) in Cameroon, especially in the city of Douala, people must go out very early in the morning and wait in front of police stations for hours.
For the Economie newspaper, to get a new National Identity Card (CNI) is a real Calvary for the populations of the city of Douala, the economic capital. In its edition of November 21, 2016, the newspaper indicates that the request for establishment of the NIC is so important that the users must leave very early their home and come to wait, standing for long hours. “I have been waiting for more than two hours, and I will wait for the time it will take, this day is entirely devoted to the renewal of my NIC“, confides a user.
In the majority of police stations of the city of Douala, the difficulties related to the establishment of the NIC are perceptible. At the Rond-point Quatrième police station for example, according to the paper, the computers capable of producing it have been down since Monday 14 November, while in the courtyard of the Bessengue Police Station long queues are forming everyday from the first hours of the day. “Men and women in a big crowd are fighting for seating.“
The new NIC should be equipped with an electronic chip and compulsory for all citizens aged 18 years and over. Issued by the delegation to the national security, the withdrawal of the national identity card is carried out at the identification post which has enrolled the applicant, against the return of the provisional identification.