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NITDA, NIMC Collaborate On PKI, DPI

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L-R: The director-general, National Information Technology Development Agency, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi with the director-general, National Identity Management Commission, Engr. Bisoye Coker-Odusote during a working visit to the commission’s headqurters in Abuja.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has revealed that it is set to partner with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on national public key infrastructure (PKI) and digital public infrastructure (DPI), to improve digital identity, the payment ecosystem and secure data exchange in the country.

The effort is aimed at bolstering Nigeria’s cyberspace and enhancing digital trust, in line with the agency’s Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP) 2.0,

During a visit to NIMC, NITDA’s director-general, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi discussed initiatives focused on developing secure DPI stacks for data exchange and forming partnerships to revamp the national identity system. Emphasising the collaboration’s potential to drive technology innovation, he highlighted the role of public key infrastructure (PKI) in advancing Nigeria’s digital transformation agenda.

Abdullahi shared insights into NITDA’s evolving SRAP, highlighting the agency’s recent vision and mission updates to align with industry trends. The SRAP 2024-2027 is structured around eight pillars, including promoting digital literacy, fostering talent, enhancing cybersecurity and cultivating a dynamic organisational culture.

NIMC’s director-general expressed the commission’s eagerness to collaborate with NITDA in advancing the digital economy, emphasising the need for mutual support to achieve common goals. She mentioned President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s circular on data integration and harmonisation among government agencies and on PKI for national growth.

The meeting concluded with the formation of a 12-member committee tasked with initiating and coordinating the outlined initiatives. The committee is expected to deliver a comprehensive implementation report in the upcoming weeks.  

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