…vows to protect Nigerians from abuse
By Etuka Sunday
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami yesterday disclosed that the Federal Government has so far achieved 50% data awareness and targeting to achieve 75% by the year, 2021.
Dr. Pantami disclosed this in Abuja at the Public Awareness Workshop on Data Privacy, organised by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to mark the 2020 World Privacy Day.
He said, Digital Economy relies on Data as such Data Protection was key to driving a Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria.
Pantami vowed that his administration would protect Nigerians from date abuse, therefore, urged the citizens to patronise Digital Platforms for a Digital Nigeria.
“Any Data under the control of Government or Private Individuals in Nigeria will not be abused under my watch as the Honourable Minister of Communications & DigitalEconomy. We want Nigerians to patronize Digital Platforms for a Digital Nigeria.
“Looking at our population, it is the right time for Nigeria to drive a Digital Economy for a Digital Nigeria. As the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy, I assure citizens that their Data online will not be abused,” he said.
Earlier, in his Opening Remarks, the Director General/CEO, NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi said, Data powers the digital economy; therefore, data privacy is a critical component of the Digital Economy.
The DG said, the agency was working to ensure that the nation’s journey to the digital world and implementation of Digital Economy Policy are achieved.
“At NITDA, we are committed to ensuring that the Nigerian journey to the digital nation and implementation of Digital Economy policy are successful. We believe that the digital economy is the present and the future for our children and us,” he said.
Inuwa said, the agency’s regulatory instrument, NDPR, was issued to achieve the following objectives; data privacy protection, secure exchange of data, improve business environment, and create sustainable jobs.
He said, several steps had been taken flowing from the implementation strategy, among which are:
“Sustained Public Awareness through press statements, stakeholders’ engagements and opinions.
“Implementation through DPCOs who have proven expertise in data protection implementation, Administrative Redress Panel for hearing cases of a breach to provide an Alternative Dispute Resolution forum for aggrieved entities.
“Legal and Political Structure for Sustainability. Our strategy is to create a workable, credible implementation process that would assist the National Assembly in its desire to pass a Data Protection Bill,” he said.
On data breaches, he said, a number of investigations have been carried out and parties that have been involved in data breaches have been given a compliance notice while our investigation is going on to ascertain the veracity of the responses being received.
He said, in one year, NITDA has achieved the following in the implementation of the NDPR: Issuance of Twenty-Seven DPCO licenses that have created over 1000 jobs and generated a sector currently valued at about N2 billion.
Inauguration and capacity building of the Data Breach Investigation Team and Police Enforcement Team; treated over 1,200 inquiries and requests for clarifications, amongst others.