To cheep this news: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan launches avant-garde MasterCard-branded Civic eID agenda in Nigeria http://mstr.cd/1qL9tp5
Abuja, Nigeria 28 August – Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan today accustomed his Civic eID card, heralding the official barrage of the eID pilot program. In the pilot phase, the Nigerian Character Management Commission (NIMC) will affair MasterCard-branded character cards with cyberbanking payments functionality to 13 actor Nigerians. This action is the better rollout of a biometric-based analysis agenda with an cyberbanking acquittal band-aid in the country and the broadest cyberbanking admittance affairs in Africa.
The eID agenda forms a key basic of the Nigerian Character Management System, deployed by NIMC as allotment of its authorization to create, advance and accomplish the country’s aboriginal axial Civic Character Database and accommodate affidavit of character to Nigerians 16 years and older.
With 13 applications, including MasterCard’s prepaid acquittal technology and Cryptovision’s biometric identification technology, the eID agenda will accommodate millions of Nigerians – the majority of whom acquire never had admission to a cyberbanking artefact – with the security, accessibility and believability of cyberbanking payments.
At a celebratory accident captivated in Abuja, His Excellency President Goodluck Jonathan said: “I am blessed that this important anniversary of the rollout of the Civic Character Management Arrangement has been accomplished today. I am afflicted with the affection of the eID agenda and the assignment of the accumulated ally that fabricated it possible. I acclaim abnormally MasterCard, and Admission Bank Plc, as able-bodied as the Commission [NIMC] for accomplishing a world-class product.”
He said the agenda builds a window to a amusing aegis account arrangement and therefore, it is a agenda every Nigerian should get.
NIMC is alive with several government agencies to accommodate and accord all character databases including the Driver’s License, Voter Registration, Health Insurance, Tax, SIM and the Civic Pension Commission (PENCOM) into a single, aggregate casework platform.
“The Civic eID affairs enables us to actualize an optimized accustomed belvedere for Nigerian citizens to calmly collaborate with the assorted government agencies and to transact electronically,” says Barr. Chris ‘E Onyemenam, Director General and CEO of NIMC. “There are abounding use cases for the card, including the abeyant to use it as an all-embracing biking document, which will acquire cogent implications for bound ascendancy in Nigeria and West Africa.”
“In abutting accord with both the accessible and clandestine sectors to accomplish the abounding abeyant of this program, NIMC is focused on across-the-board citizenship, added able governance, and the conception of a cashless economy, all of which will activate bread-and-butter growth, advance and trade,” he adds.
Through the collaborative efforts of NIMC (the activity lead), MasterCard (payments technology provider), Unified Acquittal Casework Limited (payments processor), Cryptovision (Public Key Infrastructure and Trust Casework Provider), and pilot arising banks including Admission Bank Plc, 13 actor Nigerians will accretion admission to state-of-art cyberbanking casework as allotment of the pilot program.
“This is a memorable break for MasterCard as we attestant the alpha of a cyberbanking admittance affairs that is aberrant in calibration and scope,” says Daniel Monehin, Division President of Sub-Saharan Africa, MasterCard. “Combining an character agenda with MasterCard’s prepaid acquittal adequacy creates a bold banker as it break bottomward one of the best cogent barriers to cyberbanking admittance – affidavit of character – while accompanying enabling Nigerians to admission the all-around economy.”
He said the broader bread-and-butter appulse of the agenda will be acquainted as the ahead unbanked and under-banked are able to accretion admission to the boilerplate economy, and the afterimage of their assets allows them to body a cyberbanking history and authorize credit-worthiness with cyberbanking institutions.
Using the agenda as a acquittal tool, Nigerians can drop funds, acquire amusing benefits, save, or appoint in abounding added cyberbanking affairs that are facilitated by cyberbanking payments with the added aegis affirmation that biometric analysis provides. They can additionally pay for appurtenances and casework and abjure banknote at millions of merchants and ATMS that acquire MasterCard acquittal cards in Nigeria and in added than 210 countries and territories globally. MasterCard has incomparable merchant acceptance; no added cast is added broadly accepted. The agenda additionally has the added assurance and aegis allowances offered by the EMV Chip and Pin standard.
Group Managing Director, Admission Bank Plc Herbert Wigwe, said: “Access Bank is a adherent and apostle of avant-garde account that would advance the affection of lives of Nigerians. This action provides addition befalling to highlight our charge to civic development and nation building.”
To acquire the eID card, Nigerians age-old 16 and aloft charge to annals at one of the hundreds of NIMC acceptance centers nationwide. The acceptance action involves the recording of an individual’s demographic abstracts and biometric abstracts (capture of 10 fingerprints, facial account and Iris) to accredit the cardholder and ensure that there are no duplicates on the system. Upon registration, NIMC issues anniversary Nigerian with a different Civic Identification Number (NIN), followed by the civic eID card.
Upon achievement of the pilot program, NIMC affairs to acquaint added than 100 actor cards to Nigeria’s 167 actor citizens.
“By acknowledging the Nigerian Government in the accomplishing of a world-class and avant-garde cyberbanking payments program, we are allowance them to abate the costs of banknote to the abridgement and society, advance efficiencies and anticipate artifice and corruption. Added importantly, we are aperture up a apple of cyberbanking admittance to millions of Nigerians and convalescent lives,” says Monehin.