The Delegate General for National Security (DGSN), Martin Mbarga Nguele, has hinted at the possibility of issuing national identity cards within 48 hours by 2024. This announcement was made during his institution’s New Year’s greetings presentation on January 24.
Nguele stated that this project is a priority for the DGSN this year. On December 29, he announced that the Head of State had authorized the implementation of a new CNI issuance system, which is expected to include an online pre-registration platform, similar to the one set up for biometric passports.
He further explained that three autonomous identity card production centers would be established in Yaounde (Centre), Douala (Littoral), and Garoua (Nord). Additionally, modern enrollment centers, each equipped with a minimum of 15 enrollment stations, will be constructed in every regional capital.
Despite the statutory waiting period of three months, some individuals have been waiting for their identity cards for up to four years. This delay sparked a social media campaign titled “Je veux ma CNI” (“I want my identity card”). The government has attributed these delays to the need to secure Cameroon’s identity in a context prone to various types of fraud.
The DGSN believes that the new CNI issuance system will address the identification issues currently faced by many Cameroonians.