The Federal Government has introduced a suite of digital tokens to replace the aging National Identification Number slip and polycarbonate card.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, said this at stakeholders workshop on the NIN Tokenization Solution organised by National Identity Management Commission in Abuja.
He said the government adopted the solution to ensure the privacy of personal identifiable information of individuals during verification transactions and to reduce incidences of illegal retrieval, usage, transfer, and storage of NIN.
The Minister who was represented by the Director-General of NIMC, Aliyu Abubakar, said the full implementation begins on January 1, 2022.
He said the tokenisation solution was customised to protect personal identifiable information and to protect the sanctity as well as sensitivity of the NIN issued by NIMC to registered individuals.
Pantami said, “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 said that anonymity was also catered for with the attachment of the UserID of the verifier to every verification request, adding that no NIN, no verification.