FG signs N14.7bn MoU on production of new ECOWAS ID cards

FG signs N14.7bn MoU on production of new ECOWAS ID cards

The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with Euphoria Press Limited for the commencement of the production of a single biometric identity cards for Nigerians travelling within the ECOWAS sub region. The project is worth N14.7 billion. Speaking at the event Tuesday in Abuja, Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau said the cards

The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with Euphoria Press Limited for the commencement of the production of a single biometric identity cards for Nigerians travelling within the ECOWAS sub region. The project is worth N14.7 billion.

Speaking at the event Tuesday in Abuja, Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau said the cards would have the same colour in all member states, including detailed information of the holder.

He said that there was need for Nigeria to show Africa and the world that the nation is serious in providing integration services in West Africa.

According to him; “The ECOWAS Biometric ID Card is meant to complement the effort of the present administration in enhancing integration in the sub region.

It is meant to replace ECOWAS traveller certificate. Incidentally, we just signed an agreement with Interpol for security partnership within our borders, so the ID card is meant to complement this effort.

“The project will cost N14.7 billion for 13 million cards. Nevertheless, due process will be followed in the execution of the project, especially the TSA that will be used for the execution of the project. There must also be constant monitoring and evaluation for duration of the project”.

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