President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will today in Abuja inaugurate the national electronic identity card.

The launch, which will kick-start the issuance of a unique National Identification Number (NIN) and electronic identity card to all eligible citizens, provide a secure means to access the national identity database to authenticate and verify identities.

In a statement signed by director, corporate communications of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) Anthony Okwudiafor, said today’s event is a remarkable milestone in the National Identity Management System (NIMS) as well as a huge achievement in the overall objectives of the commission.

The NIMC spokesman said the process of activating applications on the card would be done in two phases.

The card , he said, is an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) compliant travel application to be used as a Machine Readable Travel Document (MRTD), for local/regional travel.

“It is a Nigerian Electronic Identity application to be used to authenticate an individual’s identity.”

He said the card can as well be used as an International Driver’s License, transport application for loading credits/units on local bus terminals; Tax application for making tax payments, verify payments, etc.