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Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by davitogreat(m): 6:32pm On Sep 08, 2014
Nigerian National ID/Debit Card: Response from MasterCard

The recent decision by the Nigerian government to combine their new national identity card with a debit card has been raising a number of concerns ranging from privacy to conflict of interest. Coin Telegraph reached out to MasterCard’s Daniel Monehin, Division President, Sub-Saharan Africa, with some questions about the program and MasterCard’s role.

If you have not kept up with the issue the new card is expected to combine a national identity card that citizens can use for identification, voting and in the future even travel, with a debit card that users can both receive government funds and make deposits as well as withdraw cash and make purchases. Some of the concerns already expressed are how much influence will this collaboration give the banking community over economic policy in Nigeria and how can government records be protected from a private company without sacrificing efficiency in the program.

We would like to thank Daniel Monehin for responding to our questions:

CoinTelegraph: Please tell us about the new national identity card in Nigeria and MasterCard’s connection with the project?

Daniel Monehin: The National eID card program is an initiative led and implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria under the mandate of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). NIMC is responsible for the creation, maintenance and operation of the National Identity Management System including the registration of citizens onto the National Identity Database, the issuance of National Identification Numbers, the issuance of the eID card to enrolled citizens, as well as the harmonization and integration of Government databases.

Early on in this program, the Federal Government of Nigeria recognized the importance of combining an identity card with payments functionality, acknowledging the transformative role that electronic payments and increased financial inclusion can play in creating inclusive growth in Nigeria.

A few years into the program, NIMC approached MasterCard to provide the payments technology on the eID card, as they recognized our deep experience with government prepaid cards, our proven track record in rolling out other large scale card schemes that combine biometric functionality with electronic payments, as well as our commitment to furthering financial inclusion and reducing the usage of cash in Nigeria.

In May 2013, NIMC signed an agreement with MasterCard to be the payments technology provider for the National eID pilot program. As part of the pilot program, NIMC will issue 13 million National eID cards with MasterCard’s prepaid technology to Nigerians 16 years and older.

MasterCard is responsible for providing the payments technology on the National eID card that enables cardholders to make safe and secure electronic payments. Using the National eID card as a payment tool, citizens can deposit funds, receive social benefits, save, pay for goods and services and withdraw cash at any of the millions of MasterCard acceptance locations globally or engage in many other financial transactions that are facilitated by electronic payments.

MasterCard’s prepaid technology is just one of the card’s 13 different applications, which is stored securely and separately from the other applets including the card’s identification applet. MasterCard is not involved in the identification component of the program and cannot access the National Identification Database or any citizen’s personal or biometric information.

CT: What percentage of the population is unbanked?

DM: Nearly 70% of Nigerian adults do not have bank accounts. Through the eID card, cardholders will gain access to formal financial services, and receive an identity card that is universally accepted, enabling them to live more self- determined lives.

CT: What are some of the reasons that so many people lack access to these services?

DM: One of the biggest barriers to owning a bank account is the lack of a universally accepted identification document. Combining an identity card with MasterCard’s prepaid payment capability creates a game changer as it breaks down this barrier - proof of identity - while simultaneously enabling Nigerians to access the global economy and providing citizens with state of the art financial services. Thanks to the scale and scope of the National eID program, financial inclusion is a goal that can be reached as it makes mainstream financial services available to those who cannot participate today.

CT: What are the effects of remittance and other fees on the average Nigerian?

DM: MasterCard does not set remittance fees. The Central Bank of Nigeria has issued guidelines for the maintenance of adequate and reasonable financial services to the public including regulation of the international remittance services to Nigeria.


CT: Citizens who have one of these cards will be able to deposit money to an account. What banks are being used to handle those accounts?

DM: The pilot issuing bank is Access Bank Plc. NIMC expects other banks to join the scheme in the next few months. These issuing banks will manage the cardholders’ financial accounts, should cardholders activate the payments functionality on their cards and use this service.


CT: What are some of the fees that MasterCard or the banks be charging Nigerians for transactions with this card?

DM: MasterCard does not set transactional fees. The issuing financial institutions that manage cardholders’ accounts set transactional fees.


It is worth noting the registration and first issuance of the identity card is free. However, there is a cost for any subsequent card replacement e.g. in the event of a loss, update, damage, expiration etc.

CT: The card can be used as a debit, voting and identity card. What about concerns for privacy?

DM: MasterCard is providing prepaid functionality on the National eID card as part of the pilot program. MasterCard does not grant open access to its transaction data to any law enforcement agency, neither in the US nor in other international jurisdictions. The privacy and security of transaction data is of paramount importance to MasterCard. As part of its transaction processing, MasterCard does not receive cardholder name and cardholder contact information. In the case of the Nigerian eID scheme, MasterCard does not capture or manage any personal data including biometrics. These remain the exclusive preserve of NIMC.

CT: What are the plans to improve digital infrastructure in rural areas to give everyone access and will fees be different for rural as opposed to urban residents?

DM: In 2012, there was approximately 22,000 Point of Sale (POS) terminals in Nigeria. Currently, there are about 150,000 devices, which have been deployed at merchants located in both urban and rural areas. Nigeria is on a steep curve when it comes to acceptance of POS technology, and is on a path to democratize acceptance by making it more functional and deployable. The deployment of Mobile Point of Sale (mPOS) devices will help to increase payment card acceptance in rural areas, as these terminals will reduce the cost to merchants and significantly boost acceptance of payment cards in rural areas.

The one note that we would like to make is that while MasterCard itself does not charge remittance fees the company greatly benefits from remittance fees charged by their clients. Monehin did however answer the question by stating that remittance fees will remain the same, regulated by the same guidelines that have burdened the West African people for generations.


http://cointelegraph.com/news/112469/nigerian-national-iddebit-card-response-from-mastercard



This should put all controversy to rest.
As you can see MasterCard has no access to your personal information plus on top of that the payment app on the card is OPTIONAL.

DM: The pilot issuing bank is Access Bank Plc. NIMC expects other banks to join the scheme in the next few months. These issuing banks will manage the cardholders’ financial accounts, should cardholders activate the payments functionality on their cards and use this service.


The best part about this is that our local banks and the government will have more control over the billion of dollars being remitted back to Nigerians from the diaspora. The days of companies like western union fleecing Nigerians with remittance fees is about to end.

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Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by Sparrow13: 6:38pm On Sep 08, 2014
I still can't understand what is written

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Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by Nobody: 6:43pm On Sep 08, 2014
Do we automatically become access bank customers? Which account is the Mastercard tied to
Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by Nobody: 6:46pm On Sep 08, 2014
This will make sense cos no bank will have the right to charge #65.
Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by brownlord: 6:48pm On Sep 08, 2014
So what the fuss about national security bla bla being peddled by apc and their media house?

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Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by Freest(m): 6:49pm On Sep 08, 2014
But why
Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by brownlord: 6:50pm On Sep 08, 2014
Obiagelli: Do we automatically become access bank customers? Which account is the Mastercard tied to


Read the thing well now,

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Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by Nobody: 6:53pm On Sep 08, 2014
am at a loss as to how access bank is clinching all this choice packages am even still wondering how small access bank could buy over intercontinental bank .

who is the chairman of Access bank Nig Plc
Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by davitogreat(m): 6:57pm On Sep 08, 2014
Obiagelli: Do we automatically become access bank customers? Which account is the Mastercard tied to

Other Nigerian banks are going to join in the coming months. On top of that a Nigerian company Verve and Visa will also partake in the project.
Also the payment app on the card is optional, so Nigerians DONT have to use the card to pay for goods.

3. Payment
In the first phase, MasterCard is offering payment functionality for the Card. There is a firewall between this applet and all the other applets so not even a POS terminal can access the secure data protected by EAC2 on certain parts of the Card. As stated earlier, the National Database is NOT the business of MasterCard and never will be. Later on, we will have Visa and Verve Cards as alternatives to MasterCard. MasterCard will only be available on the first 13 million Cards.
https://www.facebook.com/nimc.ng

DM: The pilot issuing bank is Access Bank Plc. NIMC expects other banks to join the scheme in the next few months. These issuing banks will manage the cardholders’ financial accounts, should cardholders activate the payments functionality on their cards and use this service.
http://cointelegraph.com/news/112469/nigerian-national-iddebit-card-response-from-mastercard
Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by Nobody: 7:07pm On Sep 08, 2014
davitogreat:

Other Nigerian banks are going to join in the coming months. On top of that a Nigerian company Verve and Visa will also partake in the project.
Also the payment app on the card is optional, so Nigerians DONT have to use the card to pay for goods.


https://www.facebook.com/nimc.ng


http://cointelegraph.com/news/112469/nigerian-national-iddebit-card-response-from-mastercard
Thanks for taking time to respond
How about expiry date on the card?
Sorry for my questions, i am quite tired of reading.
Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by Nobody: 7:10pm On Sep 08, 2014
brownlord: So what the fuss about national security bla bla being peddled by apc and their media house?
Common you are beginning to sound like these pdp people. Nigerians have got rights to ask questions na, Btw thise questions generated this reply

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Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by Nobody: 7:11pm On Sep 08, 2014
brownlord:


Read the thing well now,

davitogreat already explained things to me
Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by davitogreat(m): 7:15pm On Sep 08, 2014
Obiagelli:
Thanks for taking time to respond
How about expiry date on the card?
Sorry for my questions, i am quite tired of reading.

No problem.

There is no expiry date on the card.

The only thing is if you lose the card then there is a cost to get a replacement.

DM: MasterCard does not set transactional fees. The issuing financial institutions that manage cardholders’ accounts set transactional fees.

It is worth noting the registration and first issuance of the identity card is free. However, there is a cost for any subsequent card replacement e.g. in the event of a loss, update, damage, expiration etc.
http://cointelegraph.com/news/112469/nigerian-national-iddebit-card-response-from-mastercard
Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by Nobody: 7:24pm On Sep 08, 2014
davitogreat:

No problem.

There is no expiry date on the card.

The only thing is if you lose the card then there is a cost to get a replacement.


http://cointelegraph.com/news/112469/nigerian-national-iddebit-card-response-from-mastercard

Wow, God bless you. I will do the pre registration this week, i had serious doubts, thanks for clearing things up.

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Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by Brahms(m): 7:25pm On Sep 08, 2014
DM: MasterCard is providing prepaid functionality on the National eID card as part of the pilot program. MasterCard does not grant open access to its transaction data to any law enforcement agency, neither in the US nor in other international jurisdictions. The privacy and security of transaction data is of paramount importance to MasterCard. As part of its transaction processing, MasterCard does not receive cardholder name and cardholder contact information. In the case of the Nigerian eID scheme, MasterCard does not capture or manage any personal data including biometrics. These remain the exclusive preserve of NIMC.

That doesn't answer why they placed MasterCard Logo boldy on our National ID. It's not a big deal tho.

Nice Initiative!
Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by davitogreat(m): 7:38pm On Sep 08, 2014
Brahms:

That doesn't answer why they placed MasterCard Logo boldy on our National ID. It's not a big deal tho.

Nice Initiative!

Well in the near future the logo of verve and visa are also going to be on the cards. Though the most important part about this is that using the payment system on the card is NOT mandatory. Its optional.

3. Payment
In the first phase, MasterCard is offering payment functionality for the Card. There is a firewall between this applet and all the other applets so not even a POS terminal can access the secure data protected by EAC2 on certain parts of the Card. As stated earlier, the National Database is NOT the business of MasterCard and never will be. Later on, we will have Visa and Verve Cards as alternatives to MasterCard. MasterCard will only be available on the first 13 million Cards.

DM: The pilot issuing bank is Access Bank Plc. NIMC expects other banks to join the scheme in the next few months. These issuing banks will manage the cardholders’ financial accounts, should cardholders activate the payments functionality on their cards and use this service.

I am hoping Verve gets the majority of the cards. Since mastercard will ONLY be available on the first 13 million. I expect visa to get 13 million and Verve to get the rest. We have to priorotize our local companies.
Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by Brahms(m): 7:44pm On Sep 08, 2014
davitogreat:

Well in the near future the logo of verve and visa are also going to be on the cards. Though the most important part about this is that using the payment system on the card is NOT mandatory. Its optional.





I am hoping Verve gets the majority of the cards. Since mastercard will ONLY be available on the first 13 million. I expect visa to get 13 million and Verve to get the rest. We have to prioritize our local companies.

Well, Verve should up their game! The quality of ATM Cards powered by them are very poor. Don't know if they are to be blamed for that or the Banks that issued it.

What do you think of Interswitch?

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Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by davitogreat(m): 8:19pm On Sep 08, 2014
Brahms:

Well, Verve should up their game! The quality of ATM Cards powered by them are very poor. Don't know if they are to be blamed for that or the Banks that issued it.

What do you think of Interswitch?

The funny things is that Verve's parent company is Interswitch and the platform verve uses to make payments is Interswitchs platform.
Now I personally think interswitch is a revolutionary company. Its a company that makes me proud to be a Nigerian. The payment chip processor Interswitch/verve uses is wholly indigenous. There are not a lot of payment companies in the world that are able to make indigenous payment chips. Most of them just piggy back of the EMV Circuit cards provided by Mastercard and Visa. This is one reason why I am very patient with Verve. As the company grows and gains more experience their cards will improve

Regardless. Verve is not going to be using interswitchs payment platform for this project. The three merchant companies (verve, Mastercard, Visa) will be using Unified payments platform.

Unified payments is a Nigerian payment processor company owned and run by a consortium of Nigerian banks. So the groups that are really going to benefit from this project are actually the Nigerian banks. The trillions of naira circulating in the informal sector of the country will finally be managed by our banks which will mean a massive increase in the liquidity of our banks which will lead to our banks being able to fund massive infrastructural projects and provide long term loans to local businesses. It will also mean our government can begin to reduce foreign borrowing and increase domestic borrowing.

Nigerians really have no idea how much the whole nation will benefit when this project comes fully online. I know a lot of Nigerians are not very fond of our banks due to their high fees and inadequate customer service but at the end of the day if Nigeria is to be a truly sovereign nation, then she needs to work towards strengthening her banks. Remember the real movers and shakers in this world are the bankers.

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Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by davitogreat(m): 8:22pm On Sep 08, 2014
Obiagelli:

Wow, God bless you. I will do the pre registration this week, i had serious doubts, thanks for clearing things up.

Thanks for the blessings smiley

Good luck

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Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by PhockPhockMan: 8:34pm On Sep 08, 2014
davitogreat:

No problem.

There is no expiry date on the card.

The only thing is if you lose the card then there is a cost to get a replacement.


http://cointelegraph.com/news/112469/nigerian-national-iddebit-card-response-from-mastercard
Bros, have you gotten your own? I registered since December last year.
Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by PhockPhockMan: 8:55pm On Sep 08, 2014
Obiagelli:

Wow, God bless you. I will do the pre registration this week, i had serious doubts, thanks for clearing things up.
Why do you want to register? I thought everything about GEJ/PDP are bad.
Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by davitogreat(m): 8:59pm On Sep 08, 2014
PhockPhockMan: Bros, have you gotten your own? I registered since December last year.

No. I have not got my card yet. They will start mass distribution of the cards very soon though.
Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by Brahms(m): 9:00pm On Sep 08, 2014
davitogreat:

The funny things is that Verve's parent company is Interswitch and the platform verve uses to make payments is Interswitchs platform.
Now I personally think interswitch is a revolutionary company. Its a company that makes me proud to be a Nigerian. The payment chip processor Interswitch/verve uses is wholly indigenous. There are not a lot of payment companies in the world that are able to make indigenous payment chips. Most of them just piggy back of the EMV Circuit cards provided by Mastercard and Visa. This is one reason why I am very patient with Verve. As the company grows and gains more experience their cards will improve

Regardless. Verve is not going to be using interswitchs payment platform for this project. The three merchant companies (verve, Mastercard, Visa) will be using Unified payments platform.

Unified payments is a Nigerian payment processor company owned and run by a consortium of Nigerian banks. So the groups that are really going to benefit from this project are actually the Nigerian banks. The trillions of naira circulating in the informal sector of the country will finally be managed by our banks which will mean a massive increase in the liquidity of our banks which will lead to our banks being able to fund massive infrastructural projects and provide long term loans to local businesses. It will also mean our government can begin to reduce foreign borrowing and increase domestic borrowing.

Nigerians really have no idea how much the whole nation will benefit when this project comes fully online. I know a lot of Nigerians are not very fond of our banks due to their high fees and inadequate customer service but at the end of the day if Nigeria is to be a truly sovereign nation, then she needs to work towards strengthening her banks. Remember the real movers and shakers in this world are the bankers.

Insightful! God bless you Bro!

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Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by davitogreat(m): 9:25pm On Sep 08, 2014
Brahms:

Insightful! God bless you Bro!

Thanks for the blessings.
Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by PhockPhockMan: 9:33pm On Sep 08, 2014
davitogreat:

No. I have not got my card yet. They will start mass distribution of the cards very soon though.
Thanks.
Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by NnamdiN: 10:32pm On Sep 08, 2014
How and where does one register?
Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by Nobody: 10:36pm On Sep 08, 2014
2016 national census is months away.
To me,this electronic card is a game changer in many ways.

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Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by Nobody: 12:35am On Sep 09, 2014
Loving it already. Thanks OP.

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Re: Nigerian National ID Project Response From Mastercard by tit(f): 12:47am On Sep 09, 2014
Remove any payment portal from the national id card.
the national e-id card is not a debit or credit card.

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