Chris-onyemenam_14The National Identity Management Commission has said applicants for the National Identity smartcard will get their cards soon.

Director-General, NIMC, Dr. Chris Onyemenam, who disclosed this yesterday said “Persons who have enrolled for their NINs will soon be issued with their national identity smartcards.” He also enjoined those yet to enroll for the NIN to visit any of its enrolment centres close to them to do so.

The NIMC had carried out a user acceptance test on the facility to ensure that it conformed to international standards and best global practices in tune with the defined objective of the National Identity Management System project.

The user acceptance testing, according to the commission, is aimed at meeting the requirements as provided by the Datacard Group to the NIMC, while demonstrating the comprehensive functions of the system, which include communication with other sub-systems in the NIMC, identifying each citizen by installing personal data and applications on a chip and physical customisation of the card to suit each individual. It also includes a complete delivery of the validated system.

Explaining the process of the FAT and SAT, the director-general noted that test data was used to encode on the chip of the electronic ID card before it could be printed. “The smartcard chip encoding application allows for personal information to be encrypted on the chip of the National Identity Card according to the card profiles, while the machine was used to write names on the card,” he said.

He said that the applications currently encoded on the chip were ICAO/e-Passport application, which enable the card to be used as a travel document; the e-ID application, which is the holder’s identity; and the PKI application, which ensures that the card conforms to international security standards.

Others are the MOC application, which will be used for authenticating and verifying the holder; and the EMV application, which allows the card to be used as a payment solution, for instance, as an Automated Teller Machine card.