Chris 'E Onyemenam, the Director General and Chief Executive of the National Identity
Management Commission, said, "We have chosen MasterCard to be the payment technology provider for the initial rollout of the National Identity
Smart Card project because the Company has shown a commitment to furthering financial inclusion through the reduction of cash in the Nigerian economy.
Meanwhile, an official source at the Interior Ministry has disclosed that the ministry plans to replace the old national identity
card with a smart card that encompasses the information stored on different cards issued by the various administrations of the ministry.
I submit that the conceptualizing of nations (and not just the imagining of nations) has shaped both national identity
Our goal should be to groom a generation that takes pride in national identity
and works hard to preserve it," Dr Maitha Al Shamsi, Minister of State, told the gathering organised by the National Media Council, in cooperation with the Journalists Association and the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies.
More recently, Turkey announced that it was in the final stages of developing a national identity
card (75 million cards and over 100,000 biometric readers to be rolled out over 5 years), henceforth compliant with the European IAS standards rather than the American NIST (National Institute of Standardisation and Technology) technical recommendations which it followed for its first version.
Because symbols evoke more than they can express explicitly, national symbols reach beyond human language to embrace the ineffable and even the sacred, and thus endow a quasireligious status on national identity
Demola Aladekomo, noted that for a country the size of Nigeria not to have a robust and viable National Identity
Management system was scandalous.
Moreover, that Allen does not explore what role the heterogeneous temporalities he describes played in the refashioning of national identity
following the Civil War leaves open an important venue for further exploration.
But those who lived for a long time in Mumbai, Egypt or Syria, some of which are high school students, got influenced by the culture there so their national identity
needs to be asserted," he said.
Ryanair stated that it requires passengers to produce their passports or EU/EEA National Identity
Cards as it operates a policy of 100% online check-in and therefore needs cabin crew and boarding gate agents to be able to identify all intending passengers.
The challenges to national identity
posed by migration-related diversity are the focus of the next chapter.
Citing security being the main concern behind the need to make national identity
cards mandatory, Advani pointed out the increasing infiltration of Bangladeshi nationals into the country, particularly in the northeast, as he unveiled the IT Vision Document of the party for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.