The Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has begun the issuance of 13 million MasterCard-branded National eID cards, with President Goodluck Jonathan the first to receive his card.
The pilot phase of the project begins the largest rollout of a biometric-based verification card with an electronic payment solution in the country and the broadest financial inclusion programme in Africa, according to the NIMC.
The eID card has been deployed by as part of the NIMC’s mandate to create, maintain and operate the country’s first central National Identity Database and provide proof of identity to Nigerians over the age of 16.
The cards contain 13 applications, including MasterCard’s prepaid payment technology and Cryptovision’s biometric identification technology, and is seeking to provide banking services to millions of previously unserved Nigerians.
President Jonathan said:
“I am happy that this important milestone of the rollout of the National Identity Management System has been realised today. I am impressed with the quality of the eID card and the work of the corporate partners that made it possible. I commend especially MasterCard, and Access Bank Plc, as well as the Commission [NIMC] for achieving a world-class product.”
“There are many use cases for the card, including the potential to use it as an international travel document, which will have significant implications for border control in Nigeria and West Africa.”
Nigerians can use the eID card to deposit funds, receive social benefits,save, or engage in many other financial transactions that are facilitated by electronic payments.
The card is also able to withdraw cash at millions of merchants and ATMS that accept MasterCard payment cards in Nigeria and in more than 210 countries and territories globally. 🙂
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