Last Thursday was historic for
The newly launched e-ID card has so much economic value that will further enhance national development in the areas of single database for easy and quick access to information as well as online financial transactions. Apart from using it as a means of national identity, the card is also designed to serve as a personal database repository and payment card, all embedded in the single electronic card.
Director-General of the
The card can also be used for electronic signatures, biometric on-card verification and other applications.
The card, which would be issued to all Nigerians who have successfully enrolled for the National Identification Number (NIN), has five applications already activated at issuance with a built-in capacity to host more applications on request.
The launch became a remarkable milestone for the country and the National Identity Management System (NIMS). It was also a huge achievement in the overall objectives of NIMC, which has the responsibility to create, maintain and operate the national identity database.
Card Features The new card shows a person's photograph, name, age and unique ID number, and 10 fingerprints. All these are scanned during enrolment of the cardholder.
The details are intended to ensure that there are no duplicates on the system.
Pleased with the efforts put in by NIMC in ensuring smooth registration and issuance of the national electronic card, Jonathan said the e-ID scheme would be the primary database for all government departments. According to him, by the time all government staff members are captured and issued with the card, it would become easy for government to access the data of any worker, irrespective of the Ministry, Department or Agency (MDA).
The card, according to NIMC, can also be used as voters' card for every election in the country, apart from being used for electronic signatures, electronic payments, biometric on-card verification, among other applications.
"The card is not only a means of certifying your identity, but also a personal database repository and payment card, all in your pocket," Jonathan said at the launch in
Economic importance speaking on the economic importance of the card, Jonathan said "I have taken keen interest in this project, primarily because of the pervasive impact it can have on every facet of the socio-economic fabric of our dear nation." According to Division President of sub-Saharan Africa of
He said the broader economic impact of the card would be felt as the previously unbanked and under-banked would be able to gain access to the mainstream economy because the visibility of their assets allows them to build a financial history and establish credit-worthiness with financial institutions.
"Using the card as a payment tool, Nigerians can deposit funds, receive social benefits, save, or engage in many other financial transactions that are facilitated by electronic payments with the extra security assurance that biometric verification provides. They can also pay for goods and services and withdraw cash at millions of merchants and ATMS that accept
Going by the statistics of the Central Bank of
According to Monehin, "Combining an identity card with
The e-ID card forms a key component of the NIMS deployed by NIMC as part of its mandate to create, maintain and operate the country's first central National Identity Database and provide proof of identity to Nigerians. With 13 applications, including
According to Jonathan, "I am happy that this important milestone of the rollout of the NIMS has been realised in
NIMC is working with several government agencies to integrate and harmonise all identity databases including Driver's License, Voter Registration,
"In close collaboration with both the public and private sectors to achieve the full potential of this program, NIMC is focused on inclusive citizenship, more effective governance, and the creation of a cashless economy, all of which will stimulate economic growth, investment and trade," Onyemenam said.
Through the collaborative efforts of NIMC,
Eligibility/enrolment To receive the e-ID card, Nigerians aged 16 and above need to register at one of the hundreds of NIMC's enrolment centres nationwide. The enrolment process, which is open to all Nigerians that are 16 years and above, across several registration centres in the 36 states of the federation, including the federal capital, involves the recording of an individual's demographic data and biometric data, which captures 10 fingerprints, and facial picture to authenticate the cardholder and ensure that there are no duplicates on the system. Upon registration, NIMC will issue each Nigerian with a unique National Identification Number, followed by the national e-ID card.
Upon completion of the pilot programme, NIMC plans to introduce more than 100 million cards to
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