Kano State Governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, the Emir of Kano State, Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II and other northern leaders have inaugurated the Kano State identity card and eCommerce business improvement and empowerment project, a first its kind in the region.
The event which took place at the Government House in Kano State was launched in collaboration with eTranzact International Plc, one of Africa’s provider of mobile banking and payments services, and Bizi Mobile. The project will kick off with a comprehensive registration of all the traders in Kano State, identifying their type of business, products, etc.
eTranzact will provide technology and business services that will create active participation of the private sector in economic development, create new job opportunities, empower the citizens and alleviate poverty in Kano State and northern Nigeria. The next phase will see a gradual migration of traders to e-commerce in line with state government’s drive to be the leading electronic payment/transaction state to align with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) cashless policy initiatives.
In order to ensure that this project continues after the exit of the present administration, the governor announced that an edict of law in the state; Law No. 4 of 2014, mandates every trader to register his/her business in Kano State.
An electronic traders identity card from the eTranzact team was also unveiled and certified by the governor at the ceremony. The ID card will be compulsory for all traders and businesses in the state, and will also serve as a transaction card duly accepted on POS, ATM and the internet, and a companion for a Kano state customised version of eTranzact’s mobile money solution, PocketMoni.
Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi II, speaking at the unveiling of the project, said, “Education and health are the key areas that every responsible government should pay attention to, and inadequate focus on these sectors is responsible for the current security and economic challenges facing the country.” He lauded the Kwankwaso-led administration for embarking on employment generation and infrastructural development programmes, assuring that the Kano Emirate Council would continue to work hand-in-hand with the government to achieve the set goal.
Giving a closing speech, governor Kwankwaso explained that the biometric identity card was introduced for all business operators in Kano to enhance security, provide government with a database on business operators and enable traders to migrate to e-commerce, in line with best practices in the global business environment.