Tag Archives: Africa

Nigeria – Cross-River: 10,000 National ID Card yet to be collected

By | May 14, 2017

The National Identity Management Commission has told the residents o said there are about 10,000 uncollected National Identity Smart Cards in Cross River State. The commission also said the delay in issuing the cards was because the commission had to register up to 10 million Nigerians before printing the cards. In a radio interview in Calabar on Saturday,… Read More »

83% of the Ghanaian populace without National ID

By | May 11, 2017

The Committee on Communications for the Ghanaian Parliament says the National Identification Authority (NIA) is yet to register and issue a identification card to 83percent of the Ghanaian populace. This percentage represent about 27million of the country’s population.  According to the report, the NIA has enrolled only 4.5million resident Ghanaians, representing 17percent of the population.  “Presently, the Authority… Read More »

Nigeria – E-Passport Booklets: Scarcity to Persist as FG, Vendor Disagree on Pricing

By | May 6, 2017

The scarcity of the e-passport booklets may not abate soon as the Federal Government has yet to reach an agreement on the new pricing of the travel document with the vendor, Iris Smart Technology Ltd. ISTL had reduced the production and supply of the 32-page passports since last year following the foreign exchange crisis in the country which… Read More »

Sierra Leone – NEC rules out biometric voter ID cards for 2018 polls

By | May 5, 2017

Sierra Leoneans will now have to settle for basic ID cards instead of the biometric voters card promised by the National Electoral Commission (NEC), APA learned in Freetown on Friday.According to NEC official, the biometric cards cannot be provided in time for the elections due to lack of funds. The idea to produce a biometric card is in… Read More »

Mozambique to change national identity cards

By | May 4, 2017

The Mozambican cabinet approved a bill proposing a law to improve the current biometric identity card issued by the Ministry of Interior, APA has observed on Thursday.Cabinet spokesperson Mouzinho Saide is quoted in the local media as saying the bill, which seeks to ensure that ID cards have more security and reliability, adapting them to the current information… Read More »

Nigeria – Reps task FG on provision of Nigerian passports

By | May 4, 2017

The House of Representatives on Thursday emphasised the need for Federal Government to urgently address the challenges being faced by the supplier of the passport booklets. The lawmakers expressed the concerns during the debate on the motion sponsored by Ayodeji Joseph, stressed the need for the present administration to devise sustainable means to ensure availability across the world… Read More »

Kenya – Smart driving licence to be launched in July – NTSA

By | May 3, 2017

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) will launch a smart driving license with a view of replacing old paper-based ones to help in curbing rogue drivers on roads in two months time. This is according to the body’s Director of Road Safety, Njeri Waithaka. According to Waithaka, the tech-based driving license will be fitted with an electronic… Read More »

NXP delivers electronic driver licenses and vehicle registration smart cards to tame fraud

By | April 27, 2017

NXP Semiconductors N.V has announced that its partner HB Technologies, the leader in Algeria for secure solutions based on smartcard designs, chose NXP’s SmartMX2 microcontroller for the country’s new secure electronic driver license and vehicle registration smartcards. This strategic collaboration will help Algeria prevent driver license and registration frauds and modernize its government system as public services will… Read More »

Card fraud increases in South Africa by 13 percent

By | April 26, 2017

JOHANNESBURG, April 25 (Xinhua) — South African banking industry released statistics on Tuesday which show that overall card fraud increased by 13 percent in 2016 as compared to the previous year. The statistics were released by the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) on behalf on the banking industry in Johannesburg. According to the statistics, South African… Read More »

ID4Africa 2017

By | April 26, 2017

  Following two successful events in 2015 and 2016 which collectively brought together over 900 stakeholders in the identity space, ID4Africa 2017 returns as bigger and better than before! The annual government forum and expo focuses on digital identity and its application for driving socio-economic development in Africa. It provides a unique opportunity for African nations to compare… Read More »

Uganda: How Mistakes On National IDs Multiply Country’s Data Problems

By | April 24, 2017

Richard Kapule Ounoi, a teacher, was one of the first Ugandans in 2015 to pick their national Identity Cards (IDs). However, his card had an error. His middle name, Kapule, had been rewritten as Kalule. The former ordinarily belongs to people from Tororo in the East, the latter for those from Central Uganda. Mr Ounoi alerted the ID… Read More »

Security Features Of Nigerian e-Passport World-class – IRIS

By | April 24, 2017

Managing Director of IRIS Smart Technologies Limited (ISTL), Olayinka Fisher, has said the Nigerian e-Passport is world-class insisting that 95 per cent of components that constitute its security features is not made in the country. He, however, pointed out that Nigeria was not the only country depending on foreign components for its e-Passport, just as he disclosed that… Read More »

Congo Rights Group Urges Attorney General to Investigate Costly Passports

By | April 23, 2017

By Tim Cocks DAKAR (Reuters) – A Congolese rights group has written to the attorney general to demand a criminal investigation into a Reuters report that most of the money from fees for printing new passports goes overseas. Documents reviewed by Reuters of a 2015 deal between Congo’s government and a Belgian company called Semlex to produce biometric… Read More »

Malawi National ID Mass Registration Commences in June

By | April 20, 2017

National Registration Bureau (NRB) under the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security will from June to December 2017 be undertaking the first mass registration of Malawian citizens for issuance of national identity cards (ID). In a media statement on Wednesday, government says the mass registration is an opportunity for every Malawian to have their own national ID… Read More »

Thumbs Up: Mastercard Unveils Next Generation Biometric Card

By | April 20, 2017

JOHANNESBURG AND PURCHASE, N.Y. – April 20, 2017 – Mastercard today unveiled the next generation biometric card, combining chip technology with fingerprints to conveniently and safely cardholder’s identity for in-store purchases. South Africa is the first market to test the evolved technology, with two separate trials recently concluded with Pick n Pay, a leading supermarket retailer, and Absa… Read More »

Uganda – SIM-Cards: Govt Extends Deadline Minutes Before Court Ruling

By | April 19, 2017

Government has announced an extension of the SIM-card verification exercise to May 19, 2017 from April 20. The decision to extend the deadline rendered a High Court case filed in Kampala to stop implementation of the deadline “useless”, according to court’s Assistant Registrar Joy Kabagye Bahinguza. The High Court ruling was read to both parties in the case at… Read More »

Uganda – Over 7 Million Subscribers Update SIM Card Details

By | April 18, 2017

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has said over 7 million subscribers have updated their SIM card details using their national identification cards as per last week’s directive. Isaac Kalembe, the UCC spokesperson said there has been a positive response towards the directive although he said more effort is needed to avoid disconnection. “By over seven million subscribers had updated… Read More »

Nigeria – Danbazau Reads Riot Act to Corrupt Immigration Officers

By | April 13, 2017

The Interior Minister, retired Major General Abdulrahman Bello Danbazau has warned corrupt officers and men of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to desist from exploiting passports’ applicants or else lose their jobs. The minister, who sounded the warning while commissioning the second passport office in Kanoon Thursday, said he was aware that some officers of the service had developed the habit of collecting… Read More »

Congo President’s Adviser Received Payments From Gulf Companies

By | April 13, 2017

In June 2015, the Belgian company Semlex signed a deal to supply biometric passports to the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to documents reviewed by Reuters. A few weeks later two companies based in the United Arab Emirates made payments totaling $700,000 to private bank accounts held in the name of Emmanuel Adrupiako, a Kabila adviser who helped… Read More »