SecureID founded by one of Africa's leading women entrepreneurs, Kofo Akinkugbe, commissioned a brand new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility on January 19th. This new facility in Lagos is a world class, EMV-certified smartcard manufacturing plant – the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa.
SecureID CEO, Kofo Akinkugbe says this move is in line with promoting local content, with 100% Nigerian ownership, and a workforce projected to be 95% Nigerian.smart card manufacturing plant happened on January 19. The plant is the first EMV-certified smartcard manufacturing plant in Sub- Sahara Africa.
"This move is in line with promoting local content, with 100% Nigerian ownership, and a workforce projected to be 95% Nigerian."
SecureID has now developed local manufacturing capability that will be responsible for the production of over 200 million smartcards on an annual basis. The plant will produce SIM cards locally for the telecoms industry and payment cards for the banking industry. It will also produce high security polycarbonate identity cards for the private and public sectors.
The plant was commissioned by the Minister of Communication Technology, Dr Omobola Johnson. Speaking at the commission, Dr Omobola remarked that:
"SecureID is a pioneering indigenious company in the smartcard supply and personalisation space. Kofo Akinkugbe, CEO of SecureID disclosed that the plant is 100% owned by Nigerians and the workforce is 95% Nigerian. SecureID smartcard manufacturing plant is a validation of the operation in local ICT sector." She added that this was a milestone in the development of a digital economy in Nigeria and the African continent.