Multipurpose National ID Card Not Free Says NIMC DG

The Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Abisoye Odusote, has revealed that Nigerians will pay to obtain the new general multipurpose National Identity Card via financial institutions.

She said that the NIN is free, but the card is not, as users will pay a token to access the multipurpose card within 48 hours.

“Just like how you pay to access your ATM cards in the banks, Nigerians will pay through the banks to access their cards within 48 hours after payment to get the digital multipurpose card,” she said.

She added that applicants will have to submit their NIN through a self-service online portal or the banks to request the digital card.

The DG said the card as well as the price will be officially unveiled soon.

She also said that the card will be launched in partnership with the NIMC and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and powered by the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System (NIBBS) and AfriGo.

The card will address the demand for physical identification, allowing holders to prove their identity, give them access to government and private social services, facilitate financial inclusion for Nigerians, empower citizens, and encourage increased participation in nation-building.

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