Nigeria: Lagos launches smart ID cards

By : Samira Njoyav

Date : lundi, 25 juillet 2022 13:11

The smart card will serve as an ID card, allowing access to various government services. It will be used as a payment card to settle transactions. 

Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital, will start issuing smart ID cards to its residents. For that purpose, the state signed Wednesday (July 20), a partnership agreement with fintech company Verve International. The smart card is an enhanced version of the identity cards issued by the  Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA).

We have upgraded the residency card from an ordinary plastic card, for identification purposes only, to a smart, multi-purpose card that combines biometric identification with other functionalities and benefits, that cuts across areas such as security, financial services, mobility, and access to government services and amenities,” explained Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

According to the governor, the smart ID card is “borne out of the need to embrace change and align with global best practices.” 

Dubbed "LAG ID", the smart card is a first of its kind in the country. It will enable holders to conduct transactions anywhere and anytime, easily verify their identities and access various social amenities provided by the government. It will “ultimately help inform the government’s planning and provision of services designed to secure lives and property,” Governor Babajide adds. 

The card comes with an electronic wallet that can hold funds and be used for daily transactions and support monetary authorities' cashless program.

The partnership between Verve International and Lagos State Government is in line with the fintech company’s ambition to create a digital identification system in Nigeria. Recently, the company partnered with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to develop a digitization framework for the efficient management of Nigerians’ identity. 

Samira Njoyav


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