Nigeria Utilizes Blockchain to Enhance National Security

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has announced plans to develop a domestic blockchain called “Nigerium” to safeguard the country’s data and enhance national security.

Azcnews Nigeria Utilizes Blockchain To Enhance National Security

This initiative is driven by revelations that many popular blockchain technologies, such as Ethereum, are controlled by foreign developers who may not prioritize the country’s interests.

Kashifu Abdullahi, the Director-General of NITDA, made this announcement while meeting with delegates from the University of Hertfordshire Law School in Abuja. He emphasized that the proposed blockchain will improve national security and protect citizens’ data. Furthermore, Abdullahi highlighted the importance of developing a native blockchain, as it will enable Nigeria to have full control over its data and position.

The concept of the “Nigeria project,” a domestic blockchain specifically for Nigeria, was initially proposed and presented by a delegation led by Chanu Kuppuswamy from the University of Hertfordshire Law School.

Nigeria Blockchain
Nigeria Blockchain

Kuppuswamy argues that developing a domestic blockchain for Nigeria would allow the country to customize the technology according to its needs and ensure compliance with national laws and regulations. However, Kuppuswamy also warns of potential risks when relying on foreign-produced blockchains. As an example, recent changes to Ethereum’s blockchain were made without user consultation.

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She emphasizes that if Nigeria adopts a foreign blockchain, the country may struggle to influence critical decisions related to blockchain technology. To address this, the delegation proposes that Nigeria establish a Data Embassy, including a server hosted in a third country. This embassy would provide continuous digital sovereignty and protect the nation’s data from adverse events such as natural disasters, cyberattacks, and other threats.

Lastly, the delegation recommends harmonizing blockchain technology across government agencies to enhance collaboration and interdependence.


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