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Nigeria to launch multi-purpose identity card by August

National Identity Management Commission Confirms Rollout of Integrated ID, Financial, and Social Services Card

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In a landmark development, Nigerians will soon have access to a three-in-one identity card, set to be rolled out by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). The innovative card, which integrates identity verification, financial transactions, and social services, will be available nationwide by August this year.

A senior member of the implementation team, speaking on the condition of anonymity, revealed the progress during an exclusive interview. The official highlighted that the commission is diligently working towards the launch, with current efforts focused on testing and deployment.

“We initially aimed for a July release, though we’ve faced minor delays,” the official stated. “We are optimistic about a launch between July and August. If there are any further adjustments, the public will be promptly informed.”

The official elaborated on the extensive preparations required for deploying the new technology. “Configuring the card, enabling outlets, and ensuring the wallet functions are critical tasks. We’re also conducting thorough testing to ensure scalability and integration with banking systems,” he explained.

On April 5, 2024, NIMC announced the introduction of this multipurpose card in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System. The card is designed to enhance payment capabilities and streamline access to social and financial services.

The initiative aims to provide Nigerians with increased convenience and efficiency in accessing a range of services. The integrated identity solution includes a bank-enabled National ID card, a social intervention card, and an optional ECOWAS National Biometric Identity Card.

“This represents a collaborative effort to offer more options for domestic consumers while fostering service delivery in a more innovative, cost-effective, and competitive manner,” NIMC stated.

As the rollout date approaches, the commission remains committed to ensuring the successful deployment of the card, promising a significant step forward in the nation’s digital and economic infrastructure.

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