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New National ID Card Now ICAO Compliant

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Story:  Nkem Osuagwu

An independent laboratory and field test conducted on the new smart national identity card has shown that it is in compliance with the security recommendations and standards of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

This was disclosed by the deputy director, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC)’s, Mr Abdulhamid Umar, while speaking to journalists at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at the weekend.

Umar explained that the successful testing confirms that the new smart card could be used as a travel document when it is launched and issued to Nigerians as it has all the security details for individual profiling and identification.

He further explained that the card personalisation facilities had passed the user acceptance test which was followed closely by the successful testing and validation of the EuroMasterVisa (EMV) compliance testing.

This test, he said, showed that the new National Identity Smart Card can be used at Point of Sale and ATM machines for transactions currently available on the conventional ATM Cards.

A different source close to the Commission has also confirmed that arrangements have been made for the Card launch to herald the commencement of the e–ID Card issuance to Nigerians, but the process was slowed down due to lack of funds.

“There are plans to precede the card issuance with a massive awareness campaign that is only held back by lack of funding,” the source said.

In October 2013, the Presidency mandated the Commission to ensure that all eligible persons in Nigeria were enrolled into the national identity card programme and that all agencies of government should switch over to the NIMC infrastructure.

Article Credit: Leadership newspaper

Updated 5 Years ago

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