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. Cointelegraph reached out to MasterCard’s Daniel Monehin, Division President, Sub-Saharan Africa, with some questions about the program and MasterCard’s role.

- Daniel Monehin

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