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NIMC begins implementation of NIN solution

By Msugh Ityokura, Abuja
23 December 2021   |   2:46 am
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has begun implementation of the National Identity Number (NIN) tokenisation solution under the NIN Verification Service (NVS)

[FILES] Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami PHOTO: Twitter

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has begun the implementation of the National Identity Number (NIN) tokenisation solution under the NIN Verification Service (NVS) provided to members of the public.

NIN is an 11-digit number, randomly generated and issued to individuals on successful enrolment into the National Identity Database (NIDB), being hosted by the NIMC.

The NIN tokenisation solution is a feature of the NVS, aimed at providing enhanced data protection for the personal information of persons registered in the National Identity Data Base (NIDB) and issued a NIN.

Director-General of the commission, Aliyu Aziz, made the clarification, yesterday, at a one-day stakeholders’ workshop on NIN tokenisation solutions in Abuja

He said the commission has put measures in place to ensure successful enrollment of all Nigerians and residents in the NIDB next year.

Aziz said the resources for the protection of tokenisation includes the improved NIN Slip, USerID, MobileID and the issuance of a unique virtual NIN by the ID holder to those, who wish to verify their identities.

He pointed out the purpose of the NIN tokenisation was to provide a coded representation of the actual NIN for which another party verifying the identity of registered persons could not retain and use in a way that put the individual data privacy at risk.

This, he said, might be through the hash in the improved NIN Slip, the two varying hashes in the Mobile ID application, the UserID, which is available instantly to anyone, who had been issued a NIN, irrespective of the availability of device, and the one-time use of virtual NIN token.