SecureID appointed as first manufacturer of AfriGo Card, a revolutionary identity solution with payment functionality

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

By Achiever Peterson 

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has announced the appointment of SecureID, a Lagos-based company, as the first manufacturer of the National Domestic Card Scheme, AfriGo Card. 

This innovative identity solution is equipped with payment functionality for various social and financial services, in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System (NIBSS).

The AfriGo Card is designed to provide an all-in-one solution for Nigerians, enabling seamless access to financial and social services, while ensuring secure and reliable identity management. 

The card combines the features of a national identity card with those of a payment card, making it easier for citizens to carry out transactions and access essential services.

A statement signed by the Head of Corporate Communications at NIMC, Kayode Adegoke, said the National ID card, layered with verifiable national Identity features, is backed by the NIMC Act No. 23 of 2007, which mandates NIMC to enroll and issue a General Multipurpose Card (GMPC) to Nigerians and legal residents.

AfriGo, according to the statement, will address the demand for physical identification enabling cardholders to prove their identity, access government and private social services, facilitate financial inclusion for disenfranchised Nigerians, empower citizens, as well as encourage increased participation in nation-building.

Adegoke said, “Only registered citizens and legal residents with the National Identification Number (NIN) will be eligible to request the card.

“The card, which will be produced according to ICAO standards, is positioned as the country’s default national identity card. In addition to this functionality, cardholders will also be able to use the cards as debit or prepaid cards by linking the same to bank accounts of their choice.

“The card shall enable eligible persons, especially those financially excluded from social and financial services, to have access to multiple government intervention programs.

“In line with data protection regulation and public interest, NIMC remains committed to protecting cardholders’ personal data and will ensure compliance with international standards on data security protocols as security features that protect the confidentiality and safety of users’ information.

"Key features will include: Machine-readable Zone (MRZ) in conformation with ICAO for e-passport information

Identity card Issue Date and document number in line with ICAO standard.

“Additional features include travel, health insurance information, microloans, agriculture, food stamps, transport, and energy subsidies, etc.

“Nigeria’s quick response code (NQR) containing the national identification number.

"Biometric authentication, such as fingerprint and pictures, as the primary medium for identity verification through the data on the card chip.

"Offline capability that allows transactions in areas with limited network coverage or zero infrastructure connectivity.

“Functionality as a debit and prepaid card catering to both banked and unbanked individuals.

"Requests for cards by registered citizens and legal residents will be made available online, at any commercial bank, various agencies or agents participating in multiple programs and/or any NIMC offices nationwide.”
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