NITDA presents Data Regulation Framework

Na’ankwat Dariem, Abuja

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has presented the implementation framework of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) and the National Cloud Computing Policy (NCCP) to stakeholders in the Information Technology Industry.

The presentation was made in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The Director-General of the agency Dr. Isa Pantami, who was represented by Department of e-Government Development and Regulation Dr. Vincent Olatunji stated that the NDPR was issued with “the objective of safeguarding the rights of natural persons to data privacy, fostering safe-conduct for transactions involving the exchange of personal data, enabling Nigerian businesses to be globally compliant and competitive, and to create jobs for eligible Nigerians.”

Pantami noted that the NCCP on the other hand, “was made to give a clear direction for the nation about cloud storage and computing’’ and that it will also provide an enabling environment for private sector to increase cloud computing infrastructure investments by 35%.

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He maintained that cloud computing adoption will also facilitate the creation of new jobs and help Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) cross the barrier of initial IT capital and investment challenges.

He also commended shareholders in the IT sector for the progress made so far “gradual but sure progress being made despite daunting economic and environmental challenges facing us as a nation and even globally.”

The National Cloud Computing Implementation Strategy framework was presented for stakeholders’ scrutiny by Mr. Lukman Lamid (E-government and Regulations Dept. NITDA, while the Nigeria Data Protection Implementation framework was presented by Olufemi Daniels, NDPR Desk Officer, NITDA.

Also, there was a question and answer session, which gave stakeholders an opportunity to ask questions, contribute and suggest ways to improve on the framework.

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