Nigeria to create ECOWAS identity card


Nigeria's Minister of Interior, retired Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, has announced the  planned production of an Identity card for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for Nigerians.

Dambazau made the announcement while speaking on the outcome of the Federal Executive Meeting, reports local media.

He said the production followed the approval of the committee of Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS that the Identity Card should be produced for all its member countries, noted the Political Economist  Nigeria.

He said, “I presented a memo on the production of ECOWAS biometric identity card. This is in response to the decision of the committee of Heads of State and Government, taken sometime in 2014, to replace the current ECOWAS travel certificate. This was to take effect in January 2019.

“The project is to cost about N14.7 billion and this is a contractor financed project and what that means is that the service provider is to use his funds to finance the project.”

“The contract will be for a period of 10 years and within those 10 years, it is expected that about 13 million cards would be produced.”

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