OSUN State has launched a civil servants’ smart card aimed at intensifying the use of information communication technology for administrative effectiveness as well as address the issue of ghost workers.
State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, said the smart card would enhance payment of civil servants.
“Through this smart card system, the workers can get their monies paid directly to their accounts instead of through any intermediary points,” he said.
He added that there cannot be mistake of identity in the payment of monies due to the workers.
The Governor said for pensioners, it removed the stress of going through multiple verification steps before they accessed their money.
Pensioners have previously been cheated of their money through the old system.
“The smart card eliminates ghost workers in the system. The card is linked to a credit or debit card and gives the owner access to his or her salary account, which they use to withdraw up to 20 percent of the salary with or without money in their account,” the governor said.
The smart card has unique enhancements and benefits such as biometric features of each user.
“The card carries the fingerprint of the card holder with which they can identify themselves,” Aregbesola said.
It can be used within and outside Nigeria.
The smart card project is a tripartite arrangement between Osun State Government, Chams Plc and First Bank Plc.