New national ID: Facts about proposed multipurpose ID card

The Federal Government through the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has revealed seven facts about the newly proposed multipurpose ID card.

These key features of the new card were posted on the official X page of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

The proposed new national identity card has additional features that distinguish it from the National Identification Number (NIN) that many Nigerians currently have.

Here are some of the seven key facts about the new multipurpose card:

The new National ID card is a single, convenient and General multipurpose card (GMPC), eliminating the need for multiple cards.

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The single GMPC has multiple use cases: Payments/Financial, Government intervention/services, travel, etc.
NIMC is working with the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) and the Nigeria Inter-bank settlement system to deliver the payment and financial use cases.

The card will be powered by the AFRIGO card scheme, an indigenous scheme powered by NIBSS (Nigeria Inter-bank settlement system)

Applicants for the card will have to request with their NIN through the self-service online portal, NIMC offices, or their respective banks.

The card will be issued through the applicants’ respective banks in line with existing protocols with the issuance of the Debit/Credit cards.

The card can be picked up by holders at the designated center or delivered to the applicants at the requested locations at an extra cost to be borne by the applicants.

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