15 September 2020 by Florence Adewale
The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to ensure protection of the Nation’s Digital Ecosystem to meet global best practices.
The Permanent Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs, in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Andrew Adejo made this known at a Data Protection Bill 2020 validation workshop of the Digital Identity Ecosystem Project Steering Committee in Abuja.
Mr. Adejo said the bill if passed into law would go a long way in protecting the ecosystem identity particularly as it relates to the protection of personal and privacy rights.
“In his words, “The only way citizens can have confidence in both government and corporate entities is through strong data privacy and data protection practices, with effective legislation to help minimize breaches and other forms of data exploitation. The future and the success of the local digital economy we are building will be determined by the belief in, or distrust, of our identity management system. “
He added that the Data Protection Bill is a major step amongst many steps that will hopefully culminate in the birth of a data protection law which is necessary to promote trust under the Digital Identity Ecosystem particularly as it relates to the protection of privacy rights and personal data, strengthening institutional and administrative framework, inclusion and non-discrimination, interoperability of identity databases and registries etc.”
Stakeholders at the occasion, Professor Mohammed Ahmadu, and colonel Muyiwa Adesuyi while enumerating the functions of the data protection law added that it should be user friendly for effective service delivery.
“At the end of the day, we need a bill that balances public interest and private practice another point is that Nigeria as a nation does not leave in isolation, we have to consider what is obtainable globally, think global but act local.”
In a remark, the Director General, National Identity Management commission Mr. Aliyu Aziz said his organization would contribute its quota towards strengthening and ensuring the inclusion in decision making.
“stakeholders in the ID Ecosystem, your constructive feedback and inputs would be valuable towards enriching and strengthening the bill and most importantly ensuring inclusion in the decision making process of the bill drafting and enactment. The task before us is to ensure that the draft bill supports a broader and holistic legal enabling environment and meets multi sectoral needs of our country and beyond with regards to user privacy, security, protection, access and use of data including the designation of an independent data protection authority. “