Banks To Provide Debit Cards Which Doubles As National ID Cards To Nigerians


Debit Card Banks NIN NIMC

Nigerians can now ask their commercial banks for a debit card that also serves as their national identity card without paying anything additional over and above the regular debit card fees.

The National Identity Management Commission’s letter permitting banks to print debit cards that double as national identity cards was approved by the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday.

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The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, told State House Correspondents after Wednesday’s valedictory meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Aso Rock Villa, about the development.

Pantami said;

It is going to be a form of multipurpose card where it will serve as your national identity card on one hand and also your bank card on the other hand, either MasterCard, Visa or any other kind of card.

Pantami said although the NIMC Act 2007 only mandates Nigerians to have a National Identity Number and not necessarily a printout card, demands for cards have swelled nonetheless.

He explained that;

As in the NIMC Act 2007, section 27, what is mandatory for our citizens and legal residents is the acquiring of the National Identity Number, not the card. However, the card is optional.

But many citizens, particularly those living in rural communities, always go to NIMC offices complaining that they need the card at hand, even though it’s optional.

To make it easier, NIMC last year, introduced a smart ID card you can download from the NIMC app. It is just a smart card. You don’t need to have it physically, but that is becoming difficult for our people living in rural communities.


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