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Nigeria to launch enhanced national identity card with payment capabilities

Collaboration between Government Agencies Introduces Innovative ID Solution

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The Federal Government, in partnership with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), is set to unveil an advanced National Identity card integrated with payment capabilities and social service features.

The new card, developed in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System, will be powered by AfriGO, a national domestic card scheme, announced Kayode Adegoke, Head of Corporate Communications of NIMC, in a statement on Friday.

Fortified with verifiable National Identity features, the national ID card aligns with the NIMC Act No. 23 of 2007, which mandates the enrollment and issuance of a general multipurpose card to Nigerians and legal residents.

The initiative aims to address the need for physical identification, enabling cardholders to verify their identity and access both government and private social services. It also aims to promote financial inclusion, empower citizens, and foster increased participation in nation-building endeavors.

Only registered citizens and legal residents with the National Identification Number will be eligible to request the card, according to NIMC.

“The card, which will be produced according to ICAO standards, is positioned as the country’s default national identity card,” the statement read.

“In addition to this functionality, cardholders will also be able to use the cards as debit or prepaid cards by linking the same to bank accounts of their choice.

“The card shall enable eligible persons, especially those financially excluded from social and financial services, to have access to multiple government intervention programmes.

“In line with data protection regulation and public interest, NIMC remains committed to protecting cardholders’ personal data and will ensure compliance with international standards on data security protocols as security features that protect the confidentiality and safety of users’ information.”

Other features of the card include a machine-readable zone in conformation with ICAO for e-passport information, identity card Issue date and document number in line with ICAO standards, travel, health insurance information, microloans, agriculture, food stamps, transport, and energy subsidies, etc.

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