By Etuka Sunday
The Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Ali Ibrahim Pantami has disclosed how the agency stopped some outgoing Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from taking possession of the official social media accounts of where they served.
Dr. Pantami disclosed this while addressing newsmen at the sign-off ceremony of the agency’s five regulatory instruments in Abuja.
He said, apart from signing off ten (10) regulatory instruments in six (6) months, the agency has recorded tremendous achievements, including stoping some outgoing ministers from going away with official social media accounts of ministries where they served.
“We identified that some outgoing ministers went away with government accounts of social media platforms. They were all contacted to bring them back because you must differentiate official account from personal account. Personal account, you can go with it, but official account, you must handover that to the institutions where you served.
“A lot have been achieved since the time we signed the first five instruments, and we are on top gear with the implementation.
“Other achievements so far recorded are:
Nigeria Data protection regulation which was part of the first five instruments released in January, 2019. Secondly, as part of that, today we gave provisional license to some data protection organizations with the believe that they are going to create thousands of jobs.
The NITDA boss said, the newly signed five regulatory instruments, which had brought the numbers to ten were intended to develop the country’s economy. guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as amended;
“Like guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in Information and Communications Technology is purposely for patronising what we produce indeginously and it is also giving priority and preference to Nigerians when it comes to opportunities on consultancy services in ICT.
“And when you look at Nigeria ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vision, it is all about identifying our young innovators, our young companies, see what we can do for them to be more productive and effective. So all the decuments are in order to support our economy.
“We don’t have a single regulatory document that is against developing the economy of this country, it is just about the growth of our economy. Our regulation is developmental. Our focus is on how we can develop our economy and we believe ICT has significant role to play in developing the economy of Nigeria,” he said.
On the alleged breach of the data privacy rights of Nigerians by some Data Controllers, he said, “I believe you’re aware of the steps we have taken. We contacted the body that released his passport, we wrote officially to them and with that letter we started the investigation.
“We have also issued Press Statement calling on the attention of Nigerians that that kind of case cannot be ignored by NITDA.
“We are in the process of of investigation and the body that released that data has been contacted.
“In the course of the investigation, not all things will be released to the public but it is mandatory that after the investigation, the finanal result would be released,” he said.
The five instruments unveiled were: guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as amended; Nigeria e-Govemment Interoperability Framework (Ne-GlF); Nigeria ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vision (NIIEV); Nigeria Cloud Computing Policy (NCCP); and Framework and Guidelines for ICT Adoption in Tertiary Institutions.