The New National ID from the Federal Government Has Payment and Social Service Capabilities

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Thanks to a new national domestic card scheme called AfriGO, the Nigerian government’s National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System (NIBSS) have introduced a revolutionary identity solution that can be used to pay for various social and financial services.

According to a statement signed by Kayode Adegoke, the Head of Corporate Communications at NIMC, the National ID card is supported by NIMC Act No. 23 of 2007, which requires NIMC to enroll and issue a General Multipurpose Card (GMPC) to all citizens and legal residents of Nigeria. The card is layered with verifiable National Identity features.

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According to the statement, the card will take care of the need for physical identification by letting cardholders prove their identity, access private and public social services, help financially excluded Nigerians, empower citizens, and encourage more participation in nation-building.

To apply for the card, you must be a registered citizen or lawful resident and have a valid National Identification Number (NIN).

The card is being positioned as the default national identity card for the country and will be manufactured according to ICAO standards. Not only that, but users may connect their cards to any bank account they like, so they can use them just like debit or prepaid cards.

Eligible individuals, particularly those who are economically disadvantaged, will be able to access various government intervention programs with the help of this card.

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