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Nigeria eID Marks Largest Financial Inclusion Program in Africa

The Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan today received his National eID card, heralding the official launch of the eID pilot program, which will see MasterCard-branded identity cards issued to 13 million Nigerians. This initiative is the largest rollout of a biometric-based verification card with an electronic payment solution in the country and the broadest financial inclusion program in Africa.

The eID card forms a key component of the Nigerian Identity Management System, deployed by the Nigerian Identity Management Commission (NIMC) as part of its mandate to create, maintain and operate the country’s first central National Identity Database and provide proof of identity to Nigerians 16 years and older.

With 13 applications including MasterCard’s prepaid payment technology and Cryptovision’s biometric identification technology, the eID card will provide millions of Nigerians – many of whom have been previously been financially excluded – with the safety and convenience of electronic payments. Cardholders will be able to make secure transactions around the world and withdraw cash from any ATM that accepts MasterCard products.

The program will also bring transparency and efficiency to government initiatives.

Upon completion of the pilot program, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) plans to introduce more than 100 million cards to Nigeria’s 167 million citizens.

Read the full press release here.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (left) makes a transaction on a MasterCard Point of Sale device using his National eID card, at the official launch of the eID card in Abuja, Nigeria today. He is joined by Daniel Monehin, Division President, Sub-Saharan Africa, MasterCard (top left) and Barr. Chris E. Onyemenam, Director General and CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (right).