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Imagine an ID card that remembers all of your personal records. This one card serves as your driver’s license and a catch-all that includes information about your health insurance, tax payments, and bank accounts. Oh, and it’s a MasterCard.

Now imagine you’re required to have it to vote. By 2019, that will be the case in Nigeria, where the government is running a large-scale pilot program with MasterCard, the U.S. credit card giant. An initial 13 million Nigerians will participate in the pilot program, but all those above the age of 16 — a whopping 160 million people — are expected to carry the cards by 2019.

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The Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Abdu Bulama, has urged stakeholders in the sector to support the country in the promotion of knowledge-based economy driven by innovation.

Bulama made this known at the inauguration of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) in Abuja on Tuesday.

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