BIO-key Begins Deployment of Biometric Equipment for National Identity Number Registration in Nigeria

BIO-key Begins Deployment of Biometric Equipment for National Identity Number Registration in Nigeria

BIO-key International, a provider of identity and access management (IAM) and Civil ID solutions featuring Identity-Bound Biometrics (IBB), recently announced the start of its national enrollment program in partnership with Specta – an online lending platform owned and powered by Sterling Bank Nigeria Plc., for the supply of tens of thousands of biometric equipment and the requisite financing to drive the National Identity Management Commission’s (NIMC) mandated enrollment program for civilians.

BIO-key Begins Deployment of Biometric Equipment for National Identity Number Registration in Nigeria

Through Sterling Bank’s Specta program and specialized support services, BIO-key’s Pocket10 for mobile biometric enrollments for agent banking are being deployed by independent aggregators and their agents in order to ramp up the adoption of the National Identity Number and also support mobile banking and payments across the country.

These mobile capabilities provided by BIO-key in partnership with the banks and affiliates will significantly allow for enrollment in remote and hitherto “difficult-to-reach” locations that lack the adequate infrastructure to support inclusion. This initiative co-funded by the World Bank, supported by the United Nations and the Federal Government of Nigeria will ensure that ever citizen in Nigeria has an identity with which they can access available commercial and government services through utilization of BIO-key’s products and services.

Chief Digital Officer at Sterling Bank, Olayinka Oni, commented on the partnership’s deployment saying that, “At Sterling, we strive to be at the forefront of cutting edge technology to help us deliver to our customers more efficiently, while maintaining the highest levels of security possible. This innovation will push us further in achieving these goals.”

Also speaking on behalf of Sterling Bank, Divisional Head, Retail and Consumer Banking, Shina Atilola, stated that, “With the distribution of these mobile biometric devices across our agent banking network, we are now more enabled to bring top-tier banking services closer to the people, deepen financial inclusion in the country and exponentially increase the number of beneficiaries of our robust and secure bouquet of products and services.”

“These are exciting times, having tirelessly worked over the past year to build an ecosystem with the right partners to support the NIN enrollment, identity verification and financial inclusion initiatives. We are now ready to expand our business in supporting the tens of thousands of Independent Agents with the requisite technologies – hardware, software and capital provided through Specta, that allows them to traverse the country to enroll the Nigerian citizens at scale.”

Akintunde Carlton Jeje (Tunde) Managing Director BIO-key Africa
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