29 January 2021 By Ebere Ukeje
The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy says it is working with stakeholders to ensure passage of the data protection Act in the country.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami stated this during a virtual conference to mark this years global Privacy Day celebrations 2021.
Dr pantami while commending the efforts of president Muhammadu Buhari said it would put measures in place to ensure the effective implementation of the bill as soon as it is passed into law.
“The Ministry is working with relevant stakeholders to ensure Nigeria passes a well-thought , digital economy data Protection Act. The Lessons from the NDPR, would form the foundation for the act and we hope to continue a leading role in deepening data Protection and digital economy in Nigeria “.
Earlier, the Director General of the National Information and Technology Development Agency, Kachifu Inuwa Abdullahi explained that data plays a critical role in transforming the economy of the country, hence, the agency is not relenting in its efforts in implementing digital laws and policies aimed at addressing the challenges affecting the economy.
“We constituted the Digital Transformation Technical working groups( DTTG) in all MDAs, and the organisation designated one of the DTTG members as its data Protection officer.
We trained these officials for one month in different batches, their training was invaluable as it has prepared the public sector on how to understand compliance on NDPR.”
The theme for the 2021 Privacy week in celebration in Nigeria is “Harnessing Data as critical infrastructure for the digital economy.”