In order to resolve the challenges of lack of control and central regulation of the PKI services currently delivered by government establishments mandated, the director general, National Information Technology Agency, NITDA, has said that steps are being taken by it to harmonise public infrastructure related projects in the country.
In a statement issued by the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami in Abuja, recently and made available to Daily Times said as part of the harmonisation process, the agency would take ownership, administration and regulation of the national PKI, ensuring full use and benefits of the associated PKI-as-a-Service (PaaS), including the issuance of Document Signer Certificates, the management of the Public Key Directory (PKD) via the Nigerian Country Signing Certificate Authority (CSCA) Master-list.
“This is in line with one of the resolutions reached by a recent high level meeting held at the Office of the Acting President, Presidential Villa, chaired by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on ICT and attended by the Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service, the Director General, National Identity Management Commission and the Director General, NITDA.
The meeting was convened to resolve the challenges of lack of control and central regulation of the PKI services currently delivered by government establishments mandated,” Pantami said.
He underscored that the move would further enhance use of digital certificates to authenticate documents e.g. Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) Certificates, Tax Clearance Certificates and other legal documents, in line with the Federal Government’s initiative on Digital Economy.