By Jacinta Nwachukwu
Abuja – The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says it plans to collaborate with the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, towards effective deployment of National e-ID Card in the country.
NIMC Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Loveday Ogbonna, stated this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja adding that the collaboration would also enhance the nation’s financial inclusion drive.
“The collaboration affirms a commitment to bring about an all-round implementation of the identity management system and ensure speedy issuance and activation of cards using available channels,’’ Ogbonna said.
According to him, the effort is to see the Pan-African financial institution becomes the issuing bank for the National e-ID Card as a Payment Card.
“The collaboration is poised to ensure that the national electronic identity card which combines a proof of identity and access to financial services will make it possible for Nigerians to receive a universally accepted identity card.
“It will also enable Nigerians gain access to formal financial services.
“The card is one of the main components of the National Identity Management System, as the commission has been charged with the mandate to establish and operate the system.
“The commission has also been mandated to maintain and manage the National Identity Database, as well as issuing a unique National Identification Number (NIN), and a general multipurpose National Identity Card to eligible Nigerians and legal residents,’’ Ogbonna said.
He quoted the Group Head-Cards, Digital Banking UBA, Mr Adeyinka Adedeji, as saying that the collaboration would create better working understanding between the two organidsations.
Adedeji also appreciated the commission for finding the bank professionally worthy of taking up such huge and technical project as that of the National e-ID Card.
“We are more than delighted and will ensure that we will further raise the bar in delivering the top-notch service UBA is known for.
“The card is embedded with the full functionalities of a prepaid card, and can be loaded with funds.
“The card is equally acceptable on any payment platform including POS, ATM and Web channels for both local and international transactions,” he said.