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FG introduces new ECOWAS single Bio metric card

The Minister of Interior, Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazua has introduced the Ecowas Single Bio-Metric Card, which will provide maximum protection against fraud and identity theft within the Ecowas sub-region.
Dambazua disclosed this in Abuja at the signing of the concession agreement for the production of the Ecowas Single Bio-Metric Identity Card between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC).
He said that the signed agreement shall be for a period of 10 years and 13 million Ecowas bio-metric cards will be produced, thus, the current Ecowas Travel Cerificate will soon be phased out.
“ It is my pleasure to inform Nigerians that in the shortest time, current Ecowas Travel Certificate will be a thing of the past and the new bio-metric identity card will be operational, providing maximum protection against fraud and identity theft”.
Earlier, Dambazua said the signing came up on the heels of the 46th Ordinary Session Meeting of the Authority of Heads of Ecowas States in December, 2014 with a renewed commitment to establish a common market for the free movement of persons and goods, also establishing a common market consolidating peace, security and good governance as well as efficiency in the operations of community institutions for the implementation of Adequate reforms.
The Minister said following the approval by the Federal Government and the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in December to commence the production of the card, an indigenous security printing company, Euphoria Printing Press Limited has been approved to finance the production of the card.
“This is based on Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement of the Federal Government while the Nigeria Immigration Service will issue the card.”
He called on all stakeholders involve to abide by the terms and agreement of the project, be accountable and transparent, while  abiding by the Treasury Single Account (TSA) to ensure consistent monitoring and evaluation of all transactions.
The Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Engr. Chidi Izuwah said the new Ecowas Single Bio-Metric Card will provide a reliable database, enhance efficiency of trans border security agencies in tracking movement of people across Ecowas sub-region and employment opportunities for the those in the security and  Information Technology (IT) sector.

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