Self Service App launched by NIMC safe from data breach-Expert

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Contrary to needless concerns raised in some quarters regarding the safety of the Self Service application recently launched by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Barnksforte Technology Limited, an indigenous Technology company has reassured Nigerians of the formidable security features embedded in the application.

The Chief Executive Officer, Barnksforte Technology Limited, Mr Dayo Bankole, allayed fears generated on the application, noting that necessary security measures had been put in place to ensure that the integrity of the application was thorough, with no gaps for security breach or compromise.

According to him, the self-service mobile application, which is a giant stride in digitalization of biometrics enrollment, was developed by NIMC in partnership with Barnksforte Technologies Limited, a local ICT company.

He said it was unfortunate that some persons for selfish reasons would discredit such a laudable innovation that had the capacity to change the narrative across Africa and the world at large.

He further said the narrative that Nigeria’s database would be compromised by foreigners using the the self service application was not only mischievous but an attempt to undermine NIMC’s capability.

He assured Nigerians that their biometrics were safe, adding that the choice of the current NIMC director general, an expert with proven years of experience was not a mistake.

Bankole expressed disappointment with masterminds of the wrong reports about the effort of government to place Nigeria on world stage in terms of technological advancement.

He said rather than carry out due diligence on the features of the application before going public, they were quick to put out reports to dissuade Nigerians from keying into the renewed hope agenda of the present government on that regard.

The CEO said if those behind such reports had made enquiries, they would have realised that the application process was only part of the whole package, adding that there was a formidable backend technology to verify every information provided by an applicant.

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The technology expert further said that NIMC was collaborating with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and other local technical partners to ensure that one of the basic requirements for enrollment for NIN for diasporans, the international passport number, must be provided by applicants to be able to apply.

“The application is the front end identity solution and all data is sent directly to the NIMC database which is also well secure.

“So, no diasporan will be able to generate NIN without validation from immigration data base through the passport number and this helps with the confirmation that the applicant is a Nigerian citizen.

“NASDRA, a Pakistani technology company is behind the identity of Nigeria as a country and they have lunched the self service for their Diasporans about 2years ago after the lunch of contactless by the then President through the Minister of Digital Economy and they are doing well,”he said.

He said beyond the provision of international passports, there were multiple layers of safety measures like data encryption being deployed to prevent security breach if any.

Bankole said “To guarantee the safety of the application, the necessary physical, technical and administrative controls have been implemented.

“These essential measures serve as defence against myriads of threats, creating protective fortress for the platform.”

The technology expert further said the application was designed with strict adherence to the provisions of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Regulation on data protection and data privacy in Nigeria, following the business requirements of NIMC.

He explained that contrary to the belief in some quarters that no country had explored self service mobile application before now, countries like India and Pakistan had deployed the technology.

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Bankole said the application would give applicants the opportunity to enroll, modify, validate, and obtain digital Identity adding that in addition to other details, another basic requirement for successful application was facial capturing, adding that none of the applications would pull through without it.

He stressed that the application also had features that allowed for certain checks and balances such as eliminating multiple registration.

“The Self Service mobile application was designed in strict adherence to the data security and data protection law, with the National Space Research and Development Agency(NASDRA) managing NIMC’s back end.

“So, Nigerians do not have anything to fear as all security concerns were put into consideration while designing the application,”he said

Bankole commended President Bola Tinubu and the Acting Director General of NIMC, Abisoye Coker-Odusote for rolling out the initiative as part of the new administration’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

According to him, it is not an accident that Nigeria is gifted with a selfless president, who would stop at nothing to ensure that Nigeria competed favourable among the comity of nations.

He said with the application, Nigerians in the Diaspora would not require to travel back to Nigeria to enroll, modify, validate or obtain digital Identity.

He also added that the application eliminates the bottlenecks around delays in the enrolment process and modification of the NIN, thereby increasing the turnaround time for applications.

Bankole said while the self service mobile application was designed for Nigerians in the Diaspora, there was agent based solution designed for Nigerians within the country,

“The application among its numerous benefits would help liberate Nigerians in the Diaspora from extortion and racketeering, while creating room for NIMC to generate foreign exchange, which would go into the government’s coffers.

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“A London based Nigerian commended the initiative while recalling that he had paid 120 dollars to registere his NIN and later paid for verification,”he said.

On the enrollment process, the technology expert said the process was seamless once downloaded from Google Play Store or IOS.

Other steps according to him are authentication, adding that “those with NIN, it is the key to access the self-service enrollment.

“Those without NIN are accommodated through secure emails, adjusting the process accordingly.

“The process entails one device, one enrollment for enhanced security and it is to prevent multiple enrollments on a single device.

“In view of that we have fortified the application with security measures, preserving its integrity and thwarting fraudulent activities.

“There is also dual authentication for comprehensive security

“It is Our two-factor authentication and approvals, using Contactless Face Biometric and Contactless Finger Biometric, enhance security and user authenticity.

He further said, another feature is the provision of international passport number, adding that” Diasporan adults use their Nigerian International Passport numbers as crucial identifiers, streamlining the process.

“The integration with the Nigerian Immigration Service via secure APIs bolsters this method’s accuracy.

“There is also provision for child enrollment. So enrolling Diasporan children is thoughtfully designed.

“Here, parents with NIN play a pivotal role and integration with the NPC ECRVS system ensures additional validation for children.

“Also there is rigorous backend approval for scrutiny and validation

“Our stringent backend approval process ensures thorough scrutiny and validation before granting a valid NIN to Diasporan applicants.

“This combined with existing security measures and guarantees legitimacy.”

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