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The Federal Government, through the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), is set to introduce an upgraded National Identity card, equipped with payment functionalities and social service features. This initiative, developed in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System, will leverage the AfriGO national domestic card scheme. According to Kayode Adegoke, the Head of Corporate Communications at NIMC, this development aims to enhance the country’s identification system, in line with the NIMC Act No. 23 of 2007.

The new national ID card, fortified with verifiable National Identity features, will serve as a multifunctional tool for cardholders, facilitating both government and private social services. By providing physical identification, the card seeks to promote financial inclusion, empower citizens, and encourage greater participation in national development initiatives. Additionally, cardholders will have the option to use the card as a debit or prepaid card by linking it to their bank accounts.

In adherence to data protection regulations and public interest, NIMC pledges to safeguard cardholders’ personal data and uphold international standards on data security protocols. The card will feature a machine-readable zone compliant with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards, enabling access to various services such as e-passport information, travel, health insurance, microloans, agriculture, food stamps, and energy subsidies.

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