FG introduces digital tokens to replace NIN slip

According to him, the government introduced the solution to protect users' individual data and to minimize the instances of improper NIN retrieval, utilization, transfer, and storage

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FG introduces digital tokens to replace NIN slip
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Digital tokens have been adopted by the federal government to supersede the National Identity Number (NIN) slip.

This was stated by Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, at a workshop on the NIN Tokenization Solution organized by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Abuja.

According to him, the government introduced the solution to protect user’s individual data and to minimize the instances of improper NIN retrieval, utilization, transfer, and storage.

The minister, who was represented by NIMC Director-General Aliyu Abubakar, indicated that the tokens will be activated on January 1.

According to Pantami

One of the benefits of the virtual NIN is to ensure no third party may carry out any verification, hiding behind a proxy (and without the knowledge of the NIMC, being the Custodian of Identity).

And also generated Token or Virtual NIN is unintelligent, completely random with no correlation to the NIN and cannot be reverse engineered, even by a Quantum Computer.

The NIN holder is the only exclusive issuer of NIN and cannot be delegated.

He emphasized that anonymization was also resolved by attaching the verifier’s UserID to every confirmation request and that no NIN, no verification.

Mr. Pantami highlighted that NIN tokens are MDA or merchant-specific and that they expire after a predetermined period of time, stressing that a token issued for company A would be used by company B.

The purpose of the program, according to Mr. Abubakar Pantami, was to rub minds with stakeholders in order to ensure that everyone understands the product and engage in it.

We must continue to reinforce the need for every Nigerian to have a digital identity, irrespective of social class or economic status, improve access to all and ensure continuous protection of privacy and data of our citizens and other enrollees.

We must sustain the momentum by creating continuous awareness programs and sensitizing the public.

Tunji Durodola, NIMC’s technical consultant, also spoke about how the Digital Token was developed to replace the 11-digit NIN for regular use.

He claimed that NIN had been accessed and stored by numerous entities even without understanding or permission of the ID holder or NIMC, Nigeria’s identity custodian.

Mr. Durodola noted that the enhanced NIN slip has a lower firm factor and is accessible to all those who have been handed an active NIN, stressing that they can be obtained without visiting the NIMC office.

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