Tag Archives: Africa

NIMC Tasked to Remove Duplicate Biometric from National Database

By | September 25, 2017

The federal government has charged the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to eliminate the régime of duplicate biometric based databases in the national identity card management as the proliferation of biometric based identity system is not cost effective. The order was issued  by the Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mrs. Habiba Lawal at the… Read More »

X Infotech celebrates success in Ghana eID card project

By | September 21, 2017

September 21, 2017 (Riga, Latvia) — X Infotech, a global provider and integrator of software solutions for identity documents and smart cards, and Identity Management Systems (IMS) Limited, a subsidiary of Margins Group, an international identity, security and transactions company, have successfully rolled out an electronic identity documents and smart cards solutions project in Ghana — the new eID… Read More »

Gambia: The Ministry of Interior says it will resume issuing national ID cards as soon as there is a cabinet conclusion on the issue

By | September 19, 2017

The Ministry of Interior says it will resume issuing national ID cards as soon as there is a cabinet conclusion on the issue. “The Ministry has concurred with the conclusions and recommendations of the Ministerial Task Force and the Technical Committee to award the contract for the production of biometric national ID cards to an identified competent company… Read More »

21.6m Nigerians get e-ID cards

By | September 17, 2017

Mr. AliyuAziz, Director-General, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says so far the commission had registered 21.6 million Nigerians, while hoping to double this number before the end of 2017. Aziz revealed this when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) forum in Abuja on Sunday. He said that the commission would have covered the country in… Read More »

Nigeria – NIMC to Engage Private Sector To Produce E-ID Cards

By | September 15, 2017

The Managing Director, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr Aliyu Aziz has said that the commission would engage the private sector to hasten the production of electronic identity cards to the citizenry. Aziz said this when he visited the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday. He stressed the need to clear… Read More »

Ghana – Akufo-Addo to receive ‘renewed National ID’ today

By | September 15, 2017

President Nana Akufo-Addo will be the first person to register and be issued the re-branded National Identification Card. He will be at the National Identification Authority’s office this morning [Friday], to go through the process as the country kicks off the renewed National Identification System (NIS) promised by his government. The National ID scheme is expected to formalize… Read More »

Ghana – Government to introduce digital ID cards and address systems – Bawumia

By | September 15, 2017

Ghana will soon go digital on a large scale, Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has indicated. H.E Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia disclosed that the government will in a weeks’ time introduce a digital National ID card and digital address system to resolve challenges with productivity of the economy. He was speaking at the United Nations Conference on Trade and… Read More »

Ghana – NIA to launch new ID system today

By | September 14, 2017

National Identification Authority (NIA) unveils new national identification card as an indication of preparedness to launch the New National identification system on Friday. Executive Secretary of the NIA, Prof. Kenneth Agyemang Attefuah said ” the national identification authority s ready to provide Ghanaians with a modern robust national identification system and a smart ID card that will meet… Read More »

S/African businessman wants cost of e-Passport reduced

By | September 13, 2017

Mr Godwin Odenigbo, a Nigerian businessman based in Rustenburg, South Africa, on Wednesday appealed to the Federal Government to reduce the cost of the e-Passport. He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Rustenburg, North West Province of South Africa, that the cost of getting the passport was $200.00 (R2, 500). “ The cost is high and… Read More »

Passport row erupts in Somalia

By | September 8, 2017

Nairobi – In an unusual twist to conflicts verging on war, Somalia’s weak government and powerful Islamist movement opened a verbal diplomatic battle Wednesday over the creation of a new national passport. Already fraught tensions soared as the transitional administration announced the launch of the new passports and the Islamists, who control Mogadishu and much of southern and… Read More »

Nigerians urged to register for National ID Card

By | September 8, 2017

The Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Bayo Onanuga, has called on all eligible Nigerians to register with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), to obtain the national electronic identity card. Onanuga made this call when he visited the commission’s Acting General Manager, Operations/Regional Coordinator, North Central, Mrs. Florence Oloruntade, on Thursday in Abuja. He urged all eligible… Read More »

Kenya Goes It Alone On e-Passport as Neighbours Dither

By | September 5, 2017

Kenya has rolled out the East African Community (EAC) electronic passport, 17 years after discussions to develop the document began. The new generation e-passport, which conforms to the international civil standards, replaces the existing national document, set to be phased out by September 2019. “The Immigration Department will no longer process and issue the current ordinary, diplomatic and… Read More »

Ghana – NIA contract: Ken Agyapong peddling lies – NIA

By | September 2, 2017

Executive Secretary of the National Identification Authority (NIA), Prof Ken Attafuah, has indicated that contrary to claims by Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyepong, that a new contract has been awarded under suspicious circumstances, no fresh contract has been signed. The criminologist also pointed out that the accusations of corruption by Mr Agyapong against Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, are… Read More »

Kenia – E-passport to phaseout chip-less predecessor by August 2019

By | August 31, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 31 – The government on Thursday began issuing electronic passports from, almost two years after the plan was mooted. Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi presided over the launch of the exercise, which will see those applying for the new documents issued with the new generation e-passports that feature a microchip with the holder’s data.… Read More »

Kenya – Long wait for e-passport ahead of its launch Thursday

By | August 30, 2017

People waited in long queues at the immigration headquarters Wednesday as citizens scrambled to apply ahead of Thursday’s launch of electronic passports. Services at the Nyayo House offices will be unavailable up to midday Thursday as the department prepares to roll out the electronic border passes. Regional and border offices will however continue to operate as normal without… Read More »

South Africa – Biometrics not a threat

By | August 28, 2017

As government institutions explore and introduce biometric systems, concerns have been raised about how the state intends to use the collected private information to police and control South African citizens. Last week, Right2Know Gauteng (R2K Gauteng) took to the streets in protest of the national smart ID card system. R2K Gauteng wants the end of the use of biometrics and to keep the State… Read More »

South Africa – Pretoria residents protest over smart ID cards

By | August 23, 2017

They complain that they cannot afford to pay R140 for a new ID card as they have other responsibilities. It is unfair for the home affairs department to expect South Africans to pay R140 for new smart ID cards when many are living below the poverty line. These were sentiments expressed by the Right 2 Know (R2K) campaign… Read More »

DR Congo government destroys thousands of ‘outmoded’ passports

By | August 19, 2017

The Congolese government on Thursday destroyed thousands of decommissioned passports, too old to meet current technological standards. The destruction was ordered by court, that ruled the diplomatic travel documents did not contain a chip that could read information automatically at immigration posts. Most of these passports had been acquired by 2014, a year before the Economic and Monetary… Read More »

Cameroon: National Identity Card – Over 600,000 Abandoned

Startling statistics from the General Delegation for National Security (DGSN) in Yaounde show that about 678,000 National Identity (ID) Cards have been abandoned in different Police Identification Posts in the country. In spite of efforts made by the General Delegation for National Security for individuals to come for their ID cards after application, the problem seems not to… Read More »

Kenya to introduce e-passport in September to enhance security

By | August 17, 2017

NAIROBI, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) — The Kenyan government said on Thursday that it will introduce electronic passport from September as part of efforts to improve security in the country. The country’s Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons Gordon Kihalangwa said the e-passport will have a chip that has details of an individual. Kihalangwa said the department would… Read More »