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FG Reportedly Spent $630m on Leaking National Database

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Nigeria has pumped at least $630 million into its leaking National Information Management System since 2011, according to The Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ).

FG Reportedly Spent $630m on Leaking National Database

FIJ reports recently revealed significant integrity flaws in the national database, despite the heavy monetary investment.

Nigeria began to implement the idea of an electronic identity card under President Goodluck Jonathan.

In September 2011, the federal government approved N30.66 billion for the NIMC to provide electronic IDs to all Nigerians over the age of 18. Considering the naira-dollar exchange rate at the time, the sum was about $197.85 million.

In 2012, the National Identification Number (NIN) and the NIMC Verification System (NVS) were introduced as the basis for digital identity management in Nigeria. Three years down the line, the federal government issued an order that made NIN mandatory for all Nigerians.

In the same year, the World Bank Digital Development Team performed a diagnosis of the Nigerian identity management infrastructure.

In the report, the World Bank recommended that Nigeria unify its databases, upgrade its identity management technologies and create more policies that would encourage more people to register.

To that effect, the World Bank, in conjunction with Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the European Union, released a $433 million grant to Nigeria in 2019 to enhance its identity management systems.

Apart from the main objective of increasing the number of persons with a national identification number, the grant was also meant to reinforce the NIMS, privacy and security and create and strengthen the authentication services.

According to the conditions of this grant, at least 148 million Nigerians must be registered by June 2024. As of December 2023, Nigeria had only registered 104 million people. With these figures, Nigeria may still reach its target to register 148 million people.

However, access by unlicensed agents like Xpressverify (as revealed by FIJ) to registered citizens’ data suggests that Nigeria is behind in its objective to tighten data security and ensure the privacy of personal information.

In 2001, the Department of National Civic Registration (DNCR), the Nigerian parastatal charged with national identity management, contracted a private firm to create the National Identity Database for about $236.8 million.

The project was, however, shut down in 2006 due to allegations of corruption and impropriety.

 


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New National ID Card to Be Issued Via Banks- NIMC

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National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said that the planned national ID card will be issued to applicants by their banks.

New National ID Card to Be Issued Via Banks- NIMC

NIMC said it is working with the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) to deliver the cards to applicants.

“The card will be issued through the applicants’ respective banks in line with existing protocols with the issuance of the Debit/Credit cards,” the agency said at the weekend update on its official X handle.

KEY FACTS ABOUT THE PROPOSED NEW GENERAL MULTIPURPOSE NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD

  1. The new National ID Card is a single, convenient, and General multipurpose card (GMPC) , eliminating the need for multiple cards—not three.
  2. The single GMPC has multiple use cases:…

— NIMC (@nimc_ng) April 12, 2024

It said applicants need to request their cards with their NIN “through the self-service online portal, NIMC offices, or their respective banks”.

“The card will be powered by the AFRIGO card scheme, an indigenous scheme powered by NIBSS,” NIMC said.

“The card can be picked up by holders at the designated center or delivered to the applicants at the requested location at an extra cost to be borne by the applicants,” the update read.


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NIMC Makes Clarifications on AfriGo, New National Domestic Card Scheme

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National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said that the new national Identity card, powered by AfriGo Card, is a single card with multiple services.

NIMC Makes Clarifications on AfriGo, New National Domestic Card Scheme

NIMC made the clarification against the confusion and criticisms that have trailed the AfriGo Card , touted as a National Domestic Card Scheme.

NIMC is launching the AfriGo Card, in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System (NIBSS), and has had appointed SecureID, a Lagos headquartered company to manufacture the Card Scheme

Making clarification on the card, Kayode Adegoke, head of Corporate Communications of the NIMC, said the General multipurpose card (GMPC) will eliminate the need for multiple cards.

“The new National ID Card is a single, convenient, and General multi-purpose card (GMPC), eliminating the need for multiple cards—not three.

“The single GMPC has multiple use cases: Payments/Financial, Government intervention/services, travel, etc.

“The National Identity Management Commission is working with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System to deliver the payment and financial use cases.

“The card will be powered by the AFRIGO card scheme, an indigenous scheme powered by NIBSS. Applicants for the card will have to request with their NIN through the self-service online portal, NIMC offices, or their respective banks.

“The card will be issued through the applicants’ respective banks, in line with existing protocols with the issuance of the Debit/Credit cards.

“The card can be picked up by holders at the designated centre or delivered to the applicants at the requested location at an extra cost to be borne by the applicants,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Visa Launches Subscription Management Solution

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The global subscription market is on a steady rise, expected to reach a staggering $406 billion by 2025. As the trend of consumers subscribing to services in sectors such as retail, food and more increases, so does the challenge of managing their payments.

Recognising this, Visa, a world player in digital payments, has announced the launch of Subscription Manager, a new, all-in-one service for financial institutions to provide Visa cardholders with a simple, convenient way to track their subscriptions, all from the palm of their hands.

In the era of subscription overload, consumers are grappling with the complexities of managing multiple subscriptions across a web of apps. Navigating through each platform’s unique terms can potentially lead to unnoticed charges, even after a subscription is cancelled.

Visa’s new Subscription Manager streamlines key aspects of recurring payments in one place, allowing cardholders to see where their card details are stored, view which recurring payments are attributed to their card, and stop recurring payments.

“Managing subscriptions can often feel like a maze, with consumers sometimes feeling trapped in a cycle of confusing charges,” said Kathleen Pierce-Gilmore, global head of Issuing Solutions at Visa. “Our goal is to make this process simpler and ensure cardholders know exactly where their money is going, and when.”

 


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