Nigerians can now use their ATM cards as Identity Cards

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Digital NIN and ATM Card

Minister for Communication and Digital Economy of Nigeria, Isa Pantami announced on Wednesday in Abuja, capital city of Nigeria that National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has introduced a memo that’s allowing banks to print dual-purpose debit cards that also serve as national identification cards.

With this, Nigerians can now request a debit card that also serves as their national identity card from their commercial banks at no extra cost. 

Furthermore, the minister cited that although the NIMC Act of 2007 only allow Nigerians to possess a National Identity Number (NIN) and not necessarily a printed card. But the demands for cards has increased – making the NIMC come up with this idea.

Although NIMC introduced a Smart ID card last year, which can be downloaded from the NIMC app – making it easier for citizens to have their NIN digitalized. Despite all that, many Nigerians, especially those living in rural communities, regularly visit NIMC offices complaining about scarcity of National Identity Card.

According to Isa Pantami, Minister for Communication and Digital Economy, he said “it is becoming difficult for our people living in rural communities to have their plastic ID cards” He also added that there’s a non-disclosure agreement between NIMC and Nigeria banks’ Apex to guide citizen’s privacy and confidentiality must be respected while distributing the card to them.

How Nigerians ATM ID Card works?

According to the Minister, when you request a card in your bank, your bank will the  submit an online application to NIMC using your database. NIMC will then verify and confirm that your record in the database is in alignment with your record in the NIMC database.

Once the checking is done and the details correspondent, it will be permitted, and the card is going to be printed for you immediately.

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