By EMMA ELEBEKE
The National Identity Management Commission has said that as part of efforts to ensure implementation of National Identification Management System, NIMS and subsequent issuance of multipurpose national identity card in Nigeria, it has inaugurated a National Public Key Infrastructure, PKI.
The Director General of NIMC, Barrister Chris ‘E. Onyemenam, at the official inauguration of the PKI security platform noted that the launch was a historical and milestone achievement.
He explained that the PKI consists of a self-assigned root Certificate Authority, CA and a trusted Registration and subordinate certificate Authority, RA and CA owned and administered by NIMC.
According to him, the PKI will provide the framework of services, technology, protocols and standards that will enable the deployment and management of a strong information security system based on public key cryptography.
Barr. Onyemenam added that the PKI will lead to the personalization and issuance of a secure National Identity Card that will be recognized and generally accepted globally.
“The National Identity Management Commission is an infrastructure that ensures e-ID security which is the security backbone on which the national identity card stands. The successful test-run of the public key infrastructure (PKI) is an indication that the national identity card to be issued by NIMC is sitting on a secured platform,” he said.
Speaking further on the ID card, Onyeemenem explained that the chip on the ID card provides security that prevents private key document from being accessed without prior authorization from the issuing authority, NIMC.
“The commission must issue a certificate to authenticate and guarantee official transaction before anyone can have access into the digitally secured document,” he noted.
On the issuance of the eID card, the NIMC boss said that the commission will put in place a door to door collection arrangement whereby ‘someone’ will knock on peoples doors with a hand held card reader to match on fingers before a card can be claimed or on the alternative NIMC will use a formal currier means of sending this card to the applicant.