NITDA moves to harmonise public key infrastructure
The National Information Technology Development Agency has moved to harmonise Public Key Infrastructure in the Information Technology sphere that are domiciled in several Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
The Director-General, NITDA, Dr. Isa Ibrahim, who disclosed this in a statement made available to our correspondent on Monday, said the move was in line with one of the resolutions reached at a recent high-level meeting held at the Office of the Acting President, Presidential Villa.
Ibrahim said the meeting, which was chaired by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on ICT and attended by the Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service and the Director-General, National Identity Management Commission, was convened to resolve the challenges of lack of control and central regulation of the PKI services currently delivered by government establishments.
He said, “As part of the harmonisation process, NITDA will take ownership, administration and regulation of the national PKI, ensuring full use and benefits of the associated PKI-as-a-service including the issuance of document signer certificates, the management of the public key directory via the Nigerian Country Signing Certificate Authority master-list.
“In line with the Federal Government’s initiative on digital economy, this will further enhance use of digital certificates to authenticate documents such as Corporate Affairs Commission certificates, Tax Clearance Certificates and other legal documents.
“The harmonisation process will include NITDA’s inauguration of a National Stakeholders’ Harmonisation Committee, bringing together all stakeholders in the industry, to recommend the best model for the PKI infrastructure in the country.”
He added, “To this end, all sector-based regulators will be contacted by the agency, to provide information on current efforts related to the PKI in their various sectors. This will include the MDAs that require some form of the PKI services to carry out their statutory functions in a digital environment.
“Our desire as an agency is to collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure that Nigerians benefit from the use of Information Technology to enhance and simplify their daily activities, especially service delivery by government and other institutions.”
The NITDA boss urged all the MDAs, as directed by the Federal Executive Council, to endeavour to seek IT project approval from NITDA, in order to avoid past experiences of huge losses incurred through multiple or conflicting projects.
According to him, the Office of the Vice President is responsible for coordinating the harmonisation initiative as part of its effort to move the nation on a path towards a digital economy.