The Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, issued the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) 2019 as a response to the global call for privacy regulation and inconsistent with the FG initiative to make Nigeria a globally competitive business environment.
“The Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, in an attempt to diversify the economy came up with Digital Economy policy and strategy for the growth and development of the country,” he said. Pantami stated that as data increasingly becomes the nexus of the modern economy, regulation by government and awareness by citizens against possible breaches and abuses becomes important. He commended NITDA for an aggressive approach at ensuring Nigerians leverage on the NDPR to become part of the global community that is data-led.
“There is a need to focus on digital economy in order to provide more jobs to cater to the younger generations, saying data has become fundamental human right”, Pantami added. The Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, in his welcome address, charged Nigerians to always protect their data while using the internet. He said, in response to the global call for privacy regulation that, NITDA in 2019 issued the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR).
“NITDA officials have made presentations in over 80 events where we have been invited and conducted training of Media Executives on Data Protection,” added. Inuwa further stated that the ultimate goal of the celebration is to raise awareness, promote privacy and data protection practices in the country.
“The Agency is committed to ensuring that the journey of Nigeria to the digital nation is put in place for the growth and development of the economy”, he said.
“Our regulatory instrument, NDPR, was issued to achieve the following objectives; firstly data privacy protection, secondly secure exchange of data, thirdly improve the business environment, and fourthly create sustainable jobs,” He added.
Mr. Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, the guest speaker stated that the Internet has reached a pivotal point, where some level of regulation is required to ensure the stability, integrity, and survivability of the platform. “NDPR envisages three critical groups whose capacities must be developed: Data Subjects (you and I) who are the ultimate ‘owners’ of foundational data; data controllers like CBN, NIMC, and FRSC, who determine the purpose for which the data is being used; and data processors like enrolment organizations and Galaxy Backbone, who obtains records or otherwise holds or transmits the information or data on behalf of the data controller not forgetting the occasional overlaps in some cases”.
The fundamentals behind the failures and challenges of technology are human failings and frailties – greed, lies, incompetence, ego, and now the new political aspects such as state-funded cyber-actors, extremism, and terrorist motivated hackers. “Violations of privacy and privacy rights have been with us throughout
human history. Technology has facilitated unprecedented violations of privacy and privacy rights with significant societal impact and damage”.