Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on his visit to Secure ID limited, lauded the establishment for its manufacturing operations in Nigeria.
The VP also praised the company for creating job opportunities and bringing Nigeria to the fore of global competitiveness with its world-class smart card manufacturing plant in Lagos.
The company, which is located at Apapa-Oshodi, Isolo Lagos state, recently bagged the esteemed Global System of Mobile Applications (GSMA) certification, making it the first in Nigeria and 3rd in Africa.
Other certification held by the company include certifications from international organizations like Visa International, MasterCard Incorporated, Verve, Card Quality Management (CQM) and ISO 9001/2015.
Secure ID limited manufactures simcards for telecommunications companies, loyalty cards for retail and security documents for public sector: driving license, national identity cards, and international passports.
Other products manufactured by Secure ID includes Smart Cards, and Credit and Debit cards for banking operations. The company has clients in 21 countries across Africa.
Professor Osinbajo, who seems pleased by the Secure ID’s operations, relayed his pleasures:
“Today marks a momentous occasion in the history of the technology and manufacturing sector, and I am delighted to be a part of it. SecureID Limited has proved to us with this state-of-the-art manufacturing plant that local production of smart cards at the highest quality is not only viable in Nigeria but also brings a plethora of opportunities with it for Africa.”
“I must commend this indigenous company for laying the precedent for other local manufacturers to follow. I must also congratulate the founder and CEO, Kofi Akinkugbe, who through her grit and passion to contribute to the growth of the economy, has committed innumerable resources and manpower to bring this factory to fruition. It warms my heart to see a woman take charge and create something indelible for other young women to emulate. She is an attestation to the fact that women are dependable collaborators in our quest for nation building,” Osinbajo added.
Commenting on the efforts of the federal government, Osinbajo said the present administration is taking steps to improve the country’s infrastructure and digital space.
Osinbajo also added that one of the present administration’s Economic Sustainability Plan, is broadband connectivity for all by 2023.
“The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy launched the National Broadband Plan which is designed to deliver data download speeds across Nigeria of a minimum 25mbps in urban areas and 10mbps in rural areas, with effective coverage available to at least 90% of the population at affordable prices by the target date. Broadband connectivity is as important as electricity in the digital age unlike electricity we do not have to make several mistakes before getting it right.”