The Federal Government of Nigeria have planned to introduce digital token which contains alphabets and numbers to replace the current 11-digit National Identity Number (NIN) which will be signed into effect on January, 2022.
Following this decision, the Federal government plans to illegalize and introduce punishable offence to any person, agency or company seen verifying the 11-digit NIN.
This was made known to the public in a booklet by the National Identity Management Commission which is titled, ‘Facts about NIN tokenization.’
From what the booklet said, Agencies and companies are allowed to only store and verify virtual NIN or digital token.
The digital token is a set of 16 alphanumeric characters which will be issued exclusively to an ID holder with NIN.
We learnt that the vNIN is nontransferable and expires after 72 hours.
It was further stated that minors can also generate a virtual NIN from their parents’ profile which is provided on the NIMC application.
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