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NIMC to launch new National Identity Card with payment/social service features



The Federal Government through the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has concluded arrangements to launch a new National Identity Card with payment and other social service features.
The New National Identity card would be delivered in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System (NIBSS).
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has launched an innovative identity solution with payment functionality for all types of social and financial services.
The project would be powered by AfriGO, a National domestic card scheme, the Head of Corporate Communications of NIMC, Dr Kayode Adegoke, announced in a statement in Abuja.
The statement reads: ”The National ID card, layered with verifiable National Identity features, is backed by the NIMC Act No. 23 of 2007, which mandates NIMC to enrol and issue a General Multipurpose card (GMPC) to Nigerians and legal residents.
“This card will address the demand for physical identification enabling cardholders prove their identity, access government and private social services, facilitate financial inclusion for disenfranchised Nigerians, empower citizens, as well as encourage increased participation in nation-building.
“Only registered citizens and legal residents with the National Identification Number (NIN) will be eligible to request the card.
“The card, which will be produced according to ICAO standards, is positioned as the country’s default national identity card.
“In addition to this functionality, cardholders will also be able to use the cards as debit or prepaid cards by linking same to bank accounts of their choice.
“The card shall enable eligible persons especially those financially excluded from social and financial services have access to multiple government interventions programs.