New iden­tity cards will be ready be­fore Dec – NIMC

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The Na­tional Iden­tity Man­age­ment Sys­tem (NIMC) will start is­su­ing the new elec­tronic based iden­tity cards to Nige­ri­ans be­fore De­cem­ber, the agency Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Bar­ris­ter Chris Onye­me­nam has said.

Bar­ris­ter Onye­me­nam dis­closed this in Abuja last week dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Stan­dard­iza­tion ISO 27001:2005 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to NIMC by the Bri­tish Stan­dards In­sti­tute (BSI).

He said the agency has put ev­ery nec­es­sary things in place to en­sure a smooth launch of the is­suance of the iden­tity cards to Nige­ri­ans at a yet to be an­nounced date.

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan had given the agency De­cem­ber 2014 Dead­line for the is­suance of the cards to Nige­ri­ans.

But the DG said yes­ter­day that the cards would be ready be­fore that time.

He said cyn­i­cisms ex­pressed by some Nige­ri­ans about the scheme will be to­tally dis­pelled when the cards are even­tu­ally out “soon”.

He also said the in­ter­na­tional recog­nised cer­ti­fi­ca­tion NIMC got from a Bri­tish stan­dard or­gan­i­sa­tion showed that the agency’s iden­tity scheme is on right track.

Ac­cord­ing to him, NIMC in­fra­struc­ture has been cer­ti­fied to com­ply with global stan­dards by BSI.

The man­age­ment of NIMC had taken ap­pro­pri­ate steps to im­ple­ment an In­for­ma­tion Se­cu­rity Man­age­ment Sys­tem with the as­sis­tance of a lo­cal part­ner which led to the re­cent in­de­pen­dent au­dit and sub­se­quent cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the Com­mis­sion, he said.

He ex­plained that this was done to en­sure that the in­tegrity of the NIMS in­fra­struc­ture es­pe­cially as it con­cerns the Na­tional Iden­tity Data­base (NID) is not com­pro­mised.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the ISO 27001:2005 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for­mally spec­i­fies a man­age­ment sys­tem that brings in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity un­der ex­plicit man­age­ment con­trol.

With this ISO 27001:2005 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, the com­mis­sion is as­sured that all NIMC in­for­ma­tion is pro­tected as the ISO 27001: 2005 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is the fore­most au­ditable in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity stan­dard sub­scribed to by about 150 coun­tries glob­ally, he said.

From left: The Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Com­puter Ware­house Group, Mr. Austin Okere, re­ceiv­ing the cer­tifi­cate of in­duc­tion from the Pres­i­dent, In­sti­tute of In­for­ma­tion man­age­ment, Dr. Oye­dokun Oye­wole at the In­sti­tute of In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment In­duc­tion cer­e­mony in La­gos, re­cently.

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