The Nigerian National Identity Management Commission and MasterCard today announced at the World Economic Forum on Africa the roll-out of 13 million MasterCard-branded National Identity Smart Cards with electronic payment capability as a pilot program. The National Identity Smart Card is the Card Scheme under the recently deployed National Identity Management System. This program is the largest roll-out of a formal electronic payment solution in the country and the broadest financial inclusion initiative of its kind on the African continent.
part of the program, in its first phase, Nigerians 16 years and older,
and all residents in the country for more than two years, will get the
new multipurpose identity card which has 13 applications including
MasterCards prepaid payment technology that will provide cardholders
with the safety, convenience and reliability of electronic payments.
This will have a significant and positive impact on the lives of these
Nigerians who have not previously had access to financial services.
Project will have Access Bank Plc as the pilot issuer bank for the
cards and Unified Payment Services Limited as the payment processor.
Other issuing banks will include United Bank for Africa, Union Bank,
Zenith, Skye Bank, Unity Bank, Stanbic, and First Bank.
announcement was witnessed by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of
Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy in Nigeria, who
stressed the importance of the National Identity Smart Card Scheme in
moving Nigeria to an electronic platform. This program is good practice
for us to bring all the citizens on a common platform for interacting
with the various government agencies and for transacting electronically.
We will implement this initiative in a collaborative manner between the
public and private sectors, to achieve its full potential of inclusive
citizenship and more effective governance, she said.
announcement is the first phase of an unprecedented project in terms of
scale and scope for Nigeria, said Michael Miebach, President,Compare
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MasterCard. MasterCard has been a firm supporter of the Central Bank of
Nigerias Cashless Policy as we share a vision of a world beyond cash.
From the programs inception, we have provided the Federal Government of
Nigeria with global insights and best practices on how electronic
payments can enable economic growth and create a more financially
Chris E Onyemenam, the Director General and
Chief Executive of the National Identity Management Commission, said We
have chosen MasterCard to be the payment technology provider for the
initial rollout of the National Identity Smart Card project because the
Company has shown a commitment to furthering financial inclusion through
the reduction of cash in the Nigerian economy. He added MasterCard has
pioneered large scale card schemes that combine biometric functionality
with electronic payments and we want to capitalize on their experience
in this field to make our program rollout a sustainable success for the
country and for the continent.
Access Banks involvement in this
project is testament to our ongoing efforts to expand financial
inclusion in Nigeria, said Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, CEO of Access Bank.
The new identity card will revolutionize the Nigerian economic
landscape, breaking down one of the most significant barriers to
financial inclusion C proof of identity, while simultaneously providing
Nigerians with a world class payment solution.
is the foremost transaction processor and pioneer of EMV processing and
acquiring in Nigeria, owned by leading Nigerian banks. We will use our
expertise and experience to guarantee the success of the project and
ensure that the data of Nigerians are protected. We look forward to
working with other partners in delivering value to all stakeholders,
said Agada Apochi, Managing Director and CEO, Unified Payments.
new National Identity Smart Card will incorporate the unique National
Identification Numbers (NIN) of duly registered persons in the country.
The enrollment process involves the recording of an individuals
demographic data and biometric data (capture of 10 fingerprints, facial
picture and digital signature) that are used to authenticate the
cardholder and eliminate fraud and embezzlement. The resultant National
Identity Database will provide the platform for several other value
propositions of the NIMC including identity authentication and
Thanks to the unique and unambiguous
identification of individuals under the NIMS, other identification card
schemes like the Drivers License,Manufacturer of the Jacobs rfidtag. Voters Registration, Health Insurance, Tax,An handsfreeaccess
is a network of devices used to wirelessly locate objects or people
inside a building. SIM and the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) will
benefit and can all be integrated, using the NIN, into the
multi-function Card Scheme of the NIMS. When fully utilizing the card as
a prepaid payment tool, the cardholder can deposit funds on the card,
receive social benefits, pay for goods and services at any of the 35
million MasterCard acceptance locations globally, withdraw cash from all
ATMs that accept MasterCard, or engage in many other financial
transactions that are facilitated by electronic payments. All in a
secure and convenient environment enabled by the EMV Chip and Pin
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