A new report following an independent laboratory and field test conducted on Nigeria’s New Smart National Identity Card project has revealed that the document meets the security recommendations and standards of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
ICAO is the global body responsible for the regulation of aviation securities and related activities from where countries further domesticate its annexes.
Deputy Director of the National Identity Management Commission’s (NIMC), Mr. Abdul Hamid Umar told correspondents at the international wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos at the weekend.
Umar affirmed that the successful testing confirms that the new smart card would be used as a travel document when it is launched and issued to Nigerians; the card 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 Euro Master Visa (EMV) compliance testing.
The test, he said, showed that the new National Identity Smart Card can be used at Point of Sale (PoS) and automated teller machines (ATM) machines for transactions currently available on the conventional ATM Cards.
A source close to the Commission 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.
“NIMC had called on Banks and Telecom companies to support it so it can scale up enrolment activities which have been hampered by the non-performance of the private sector companies CHAMS Consortium Limited and Onesecure Card Limited, who were given a Concession to create enrolment centres,” the source added.
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.
It was gathered that the Commission is seeking corporate sponsors to support its programme because the budget of the commission which had not been fully released in the past two years was cut by 75 per cent.