Breaking News
Download http://bigtheme.net/joomla Free Templates Joomla! 3
Home / News / FG introduces new ECOWAS single Bio metric card

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.

Check Also

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi on Wednesday jokingly thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for not converting him to Islam, saying he was misunderstood and criticised for associating with the president. He spoke when members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday expressed appreciation to the President for the opportunity he gave them to serve in his cabinet. At the valedictory session of the council, ministers in the cabinet took turns to narrate the lessons they learnt from the president as members of his cabinet. Amaechi narrated how he was almost chased out of Christ the King Catholic Church in 2014 for supporting the president, whom they alleged was trying to Islamise the country. “Mr President, let me thank you for not converting me to Islam. I say that specifically because in 2014 when I walked into Christ the King Catholic Church, I was literally chased out of the church as a governor because I was accused of supporting a man whose agenda was to Islamise Nigeria. “And in Rivers state they began to call me `Alhaji Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi’. I thank you because they have dropped the `Alhaji’ and back to Mr Chibuike Amaechi,’’ he said. Amaechi said some persons initially thought that the president would be an autocratic leader only for him to turn out to be an “extreme democrat’’. “I was told in the course of the campaign that you were autocratic and therefore you would not be democratic. “Most of us are not happy that you have moved from your autocratic nature to an extreme democrat that everything puts to test of the people, to the extent that the people now feel that the only way things can go on in this country is by the rule of law. “We all know that the rule of law is the beginning and the end of this government. Talking about the financial impunity that we saw before, people were making money without having any productive capacity for that,’’ he said.

Share this on WhatsApp The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi on Wednesday jokingly thanked …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *