The Federal Government has announced plans to introduce digital token comprising of 16 alphabets and numbers in replacement of the 11-digit National Identity Number (NIN), with effect from January, 2022.
This was disclosed in a booklet titled, ‘Facts about NIN tokenization,’ by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
The government also plans to make illegal and punishable by law, any company or agency found verifying the 11-digit NIN.
According to the booklet, “companies and agencies are allowed to only store and verify virtual NIN or digitoken, which is a set of 16 alpha-numeric characters issued exclusively by an ID holder with NIN.”
The booklet read in part, “The virtual NIN is issued by an ID holder who has onboarded the NIMC MobileID application or generated via the USSD service.
“The Digitoken is issued to a specific verification entity and may be only verified by that entity and no one else.”
It also disclosed that the NIN is non-transferable and expires after 72 hours, adding that “minors could generate a virtual NIN from their parents’ profile on the NIMC application.”
The booklet added, “The Digitoken issued by the ID holder (to be known as the Issuer) will now replace the raw 11-digit NIN in all databases around the country, with the exception of the National Identity Database domiciled at the NIMC.
“It will become illegal and punishable to the full extent of the law to store or attempt to verify the raw NIN.”