Director General of NIMC, Abdulaziz Aliyu with some members of the Nigerian delegation at Trustech Conference in Paris, France.
Director General of NIMC, Abdulaziz Aliyu with some members of the Nigerian delegation at Trustech Conference in Paris, France.

Pantami Encourage Safe International identity Ecology

TECH DIGEST-The adoption and use of the Open Standards set of Interfaces (APIs) as a means of developing standardized APIs and tools to give Africans the much-needed access to services in their countries of origin and anywhere else on the continent has been argued for by Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami.

At the current Trustech Conference in Paris, France, the Minister was speaking through his envoy, Abdulaziz Aliyu, Director General of the nation’s National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

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The Director General and Chairman of the Open Standards Identity API (OSIA) Advisory Board, The Aziz, gave the introductory remarks at the Identity for Government Tract session. He also mentioned that:

“Africans need credible identity documents and means of being verified securely, without their data being harvested by entities without control. It is not a uniquely Nigerian problem, and I have the mandate to extend my thoughts beyond Nigeria, to the African continent at large. Data is gold and entities that cannot be trusted have had unfettered access to personal information without the consent or the knowledge of the identity owner”.

A cross-border identity ecosystem with mutual recognition that is created by Africans using African talent and know-how for the African market is urgently needed, according to Professor Pantami.

He said that OSIA’s acceptance by a number of international organizations, such as the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), will do much to create job opportunities and help local currencies circulate throughout the continent.

“I therefore urge African regional banks, Afrexim and the African Development Bank to support local talent,” added Professor Pantami who has been a strong advocate for secure identities on the African continent, noted a statement by Uwa Suleiman, spokesperson to the minister.

Trustech 2022 Conference is focused on secure payments and identifications.

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