AA ceremony, which announced that the
Present at the ceremony for the announcement in
The scheme allows the global electronic pay company to issue 13 million cards to Nigerians and legal residents in the country in the first instance. Even in its pilot phase, the national e-ID card which is now ready for launch on
Onyemenam said at the forum in
With the launch, the identity sector in the country would for the first time be in the position to win back not only the confidence of Nigerians but also make national identity management services and infrastructure to be relied upon by the world. "We are talking about unique identification of Nigerians and legal residents which must be relied upon by all," said Onyemenam.
What this means is that, also, for the first time, the new national e-ID card will attract positive recognition and respect for Nigerians especially at international gateways and land borders. "One of the most important functions is the payment function, which for now is supported by
The national e-ID card has
Performing audit and accreditation for the certification was the
As a matter of fact, the NIMC strategy has been to complete the information security protection audit before the commencement of mass issuance of the new e-ID cards in the country. Digital Jewels implemented the full ISMS process and conducted a mock audit and, after a few adjustments, invited the BSI as independent auditors to conclude the certification of the NIMC system.
Together, the ISO/ICE 27001:2005 certification and the collaboration with
"We have delivered on the third component of the NIMS. The card is the one everyone wants to see. We will give it to you but it should be noted that it's not even the most important aspect of the NIMS. The remaining four components are the national identity database, the unique identification number, identity and verification services as well as the harmonisation and integration of databases.
The national identification number (NIN), which is the Nigerian equivalent of the social security number in
According to Onyemenam, "this number is unique to you and that is the one we expect that you should get almost immediately. Once your personal information has been cross-checked and verified, the number will be automatically generated. That number is just for you and no one else. It can't be shared; it can't be reproduced; it can't be replicated and it can't be reassigned to someone else. Even in death, the number is rested forever."
"The card is only a means of carrying some portion of your identity in your pocket for purpose of asserting or confirming your identity. It is actually the number [NIN] that is your identity, if you want to refer to any single thing as your identity. So NIN is the universal identification infrastructure system that we have put in place. Every other thing takes its life from that number. This certification is based on the audit of what we have put in place to ensure secure management of personal information and privacy of individuals. So, it means we have kept faith with our promise to meet global best practice in the roll out of NIMS infrastructure," the NIMC boss clarified.
Onyemenam says the certification amongst other international rules and guidelines backing the operation of NIMC, will help to sanitise the image of the country around the world. He asserts in fact that the best way to go about improving the image of the country and ensure that the world takes
"We are serious about the image of
"Very few public sector institutions have this kind of certification. We opted for this as part of credibility-built measures as we know so many people have lost faith in the ability of the public sector to create a basic and support infrastructure to get this identity management issue behind us. "We now need to achieve the GVCP (GigE Vision Stream Protocol) to silence them forever and face the more daunting task of sustainability. For me the single mindedness of purpose bears fruit when things like this come true," Onyemenam concluded.
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