Nigeria Set To Abandon Plastic Identity Card, Goes Digital


The Federal Government on Thursday announced that it was opting for a digital national identity card instead of the present plastic card.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who disclosed this shortly after submitting the report of the committee on Citizen Data Management and Harmonization to President Muhammadu Buhari, said that the digital identification will be domiciled with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), office.

He said:

The card is just for convenience, the real thing is the number you have. With that number you are on the databank, everything about you is there. We are just upgrading it such that your DNA too will be there very soon. Even if you are in a car, I will know if you are the one in the car with your DNA, it’s already captured. You are already captured, you cannot run away anymore.

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Patami, also speaking on the move, explained that the priority of the Federal Government was on the digital identity card.

He said, ”What the chairman (Aregbesola) is saying now is that we are no more talking about cards, the world has gone digital, so that card is no more. Our priority now is digital ID, it will be attached to your database wherever you are. So if you can memorize it by heart, wherever you go that central database domiciled with NIMC will be able to provide the number and every one of your data will be provided.

”Now, our focus is no longer on producing cards, that card is only for record but what is important is the digital ID, and if you notice we have started using the digital ID on the international passport. Once you have the digital ID but not the card, we are 100 percent done with you.”


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