The Federal Government of Nigeria has signed a concessional agreement for the production of ECOWAS bio metric Identity cards.
While signing the agreement with a Private Company- Messrs Euphoria Press Limited- in Abuja on Tuesday, Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau, said the agreement is for 10 years.
Dambazau, who disclosed that the production of the cards will cost N14.7bn, said a total of 13million cards were to be produced.
The minister said the production of the cards will be financed by the private company while the Nigeria Immigration Service will be the issuing body.
Dambazau said the Federal Executive Council approved the project last year.
He said the former ECOWAS travel certificate will lapse when the ECOWAS bio metric identity card becomes operational. He said it will providemaximum protection against fraud and identity theft.
Speaking with Daily Trust, the Chief Executive Officer of Messrs Euphoria Press Limited, Abdullahi Girei disclosed that the ECOWAS card will serve a dual purpose as a travel document and residential card.
According to him, production of the card will commence within the next three months, adding that “It’s to be in all the states, in the state commands of Nigeria Immigration Service and embassies of West African member states.”
The ECOWAS Commission had, during its 54th ordinary session of the Head of States and Government on 22nd December 2018, in Abuja resolved that all members must ensure the implementation of the agreement on ECOWAS card.
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