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Have You Seen The New National Electronic ID Card Which Also Works As An ATM Card?

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan holds a replica of his electronic identity card - 28 August 2014

Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) will issue MasterCard-branded identity cards with electronic payments functionality to 13 million Nigerians. This initiative is the largest rollout of a biometric-based verification card with an electronic payment solution in the country and the broadest financial inclusion program in Africa. 

The eID card forms a key component of the Nigerian Identity Management System, 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 16 years and older. 

Have You Seen The New National Electronic ID Card Which Also Works As An ATM Card? 1

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With 13 applications, including MasterCard’s prepaid payment technology and Cryptovision’s biometric identification technology, the eID card will provide millions of Nigerians – the majority of whom have never had access to a banking product – with the security, convenience and reliability of electronic payments.
At a celebratory event held in Abuja, Goodluck Jonathan said:

 “I am happy that this important milestone of the rollout of the National Identity Management System has been realized 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.”

 He said the card builds a window to a social security benefit system and therefore, it is a card every Nigerian should get.

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