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Nadra preparing smart ID cards for Nigerians
ISLAMABAD, Oct 20: The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), which has been assisting the Nigerian government in issuance of Smart ID cards to its citizens, has enrolled Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, the country’s first lady, its vice president and other dignitaries in first phase of the project.

According to a Nadra spokesperson, the Pakistani organization is helping the Nigerian National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in issuing the cards to Nigerian citizens. At the inauguration function of the project, the Nigerian president observed that his country could not be an exception to the global trend towards Identity Management and Centralized National Identity Database. He said there “is a growing quest for specific databases and identity verification by several government institutions and private sector organizations in our country”. Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in a message congratulated the Nigerian government and expressed his optimism for better relations between the two countries, the spokesperson said.

Nadra Chairman Tariq Malik who was invited by the Nigerian government but could not go to Nigeria, said in his message that this was a landmark achievement for Nadra and the institution would get additional IT projects within Nigeria and across the African region. The system indigenously developed by Nadra has now empowered the Nigerian government to issue tamper-proof and secure Smart National ID Cards to its citizens. Nadra is likely to get additional business from Nigeria involving integration of IRIS (eye scan technology) with Nigerian ID Card System to further strengthen security features of the back-end system.

Nadra’s international projects include Machine Readable Passport issuance System for Kenya, Driving Licensing System for Bangladesh and Civil Registration System in Sudan. Recently, Nadra has been shortlisted for an Identity Card System for Sri Lanka.

Nadra is among 50 top systems integrators in the world, according to Italy-based ID World Congress ratings.


    News Group   :   ECO Date    :   2013/10/30 View times    :   1006 Time