No government project is ever useless.
No government project is ever useless. This one for example, is an excellent example of a project that was created without understanding the requirements, nor the true costs. The hardware/software suppliers made claims that were untested and accepted as true despite news stories of the failures of face recognition and the trivial ways to fake fingerprints. Finally, it now seems that there is no widespread demand for ID cards within any commercial enterprise. This should not come as a surprise as in the commercial world nobody cares about identity, except where payment is concerned and ID cards don't help with testing the ability to pay.
So, the government can't find a real use for ID cards, commerce is happy with the current situation and the people? Well explaining why someone needs an ID card, a passport and a driving license rather than a single document (and each must be paid for) is going to be tricky.