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NITDA Set To Institutionalize Data Protection In Nigeria

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NITDA SET TO INSTITUTIONALIZE DATA PROTECTION IN NIGERIA

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In its commitment to upscale Data Protection in Nigeria, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has begun the process of licensing and partnering with a qualified institution to set standards, prepare exams and issue certifications on data protection skills in the country.

These processes are part of the implementation of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), a subsidiary of data legislation in the country.

The Director-General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa, CCIE, strongly advised on the need for Data Protection Officers (DPOs), during a hybrid Symposium organized for Lagos State DPOs, saying; “data protection officers should constantly keep themselves abreast of trending innovations in keeping their data credible”.

Inuwa, while admonishing DPOs to improve their capacities by adopting best practices for Data Privacy, stated that Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Services are essential elements in safeguarding data from breach thereby enhancing the integrity of data.

He argued that it was pertinent to incorporate artificial intelligence into data protection to enhance its accuracy and consistency. He further disclosed that there is a need to sieve and categorize data elements that will determine the cloud adoption strategy to be used.

The DG also added that there is a need to create professionals in the data protection ecosystem to meet global standards. “One of the ideas we are mulling is to have an industry association for DPOs and the proposed DPO Forum that would be a peer review mechanism and a point of contact with regulators to shape policies and propose standards for the industry”, he said.

According to Inuwa, since the issuance of the NDPR in 2019, NITDA has empowered DPOs by drafting, engaging the public, and publishing the NDPR Implementation Framework to shed light on the provisions of the NDPR for easy interpretation and application.

He further noted that the Agency’s partnership with the DPOs has created over 7,600 new job roles in the Data Protection sector. “We envisage that Nigeria would lead Africa by certifying 350,000 persons with local and global competence in data protection by 2024”, Inuwa averred.

The Executive Commissioner of Ghana’s Data Protection Commission GDPC, Her Excellency Ms. Patricia Adusie-Poku, in her remarks applauded NITDA for the laudable initiative in organizing the symposium to add knowledge value to DPOs.

She stated that DPOs are like risk managers in their organizations and it is their responsibility to ensure that all requirements are put in place to checkmate data breaches and promote Data Protection. The symposium had in attendance, Mr. Ridwan Oloyede from TechHive Advisory, Mr. Yaya Itai from First Bank Plc, Mrs. Moyosore Jide-Taiwo from Airtel Nigeria, Dr. Alexander Anago, Mr. Bharat Soni from GTCO, and a host of other data protection officers from various organizations

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NITDA Donates Computers To Nigerian Students

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NITDA DONATES COMPUTERS TO NIGERIAN STUDENTS

By Mansour Aliyu Hassan.

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world in commemorating the 2021 Universal Children’s Day, many students smiled home with brand new Laptop and Desk Computers as part of efforts of the National Information Technology Development Agency NITDAat improving and standardising a SMART digital education.

“The gesture to the Nigerian students was borne out of the Agency’s strategic approach to developing emerging technology in Nigeria” commented the Director General National Information Technology Development Agency Mallam Kashifu Inuwa CCIE, at the 2021 Universal Children’s Day celebration organised by the Children of Africa Leadership and Values Development Initiative (CALDEV) in Abuja.

The NITDA boss who was ably represented by the Director Information Technology and Infrastructure Solutions ITIS, Dr. Usman Gambo Abdullahi, noted that the younger generation holds the future of this Country.

NITDA DONATES COMPUTERS TO NIGERIAN STUDENTS
NITDA DONATES COMPUTERS TO NIGERIAN STUDENTS

Mallam Kashifu stated that in realization of President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda of diversifying the nation’s economy, the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy FMoCDE was able to secure the approval of the Federal Executive Council for the implementation of the new National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria with a focus on Emerging Technologies and Innovations.

“Technology drives everything, in realization of that, NITDA shifted its intervention to education sector and students in particular, with a view to encouraging their technological and innovative ideas,” he said.

He further disclosed that, since NITDA was created twenty years ago, its intervention was spread across the 774 local government areas in the country, by establishing learning centres to cater for research and other developing emerging technologies.

The NITDA boss assured Nigerian students of the Agency’s commitment towards providing IT infrastructures that would aid and support emerging technologies to students in primary, Secondary, Tertiary and schools for people with Special Needs.

Earlier, Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila said that deliberate efforts must be made to prepare the Nigerian Children and Youth to become the desired leaders of tomorrow.

The Speaker noted that equipping the students with necessary technology is one of the surest ways of securing the future of the country, giving people with multiple ideas the opportunity to be at the very top of governance.

Gbajabiamila, also called for continuous investment in the education of the Nigerian youth particularly in technological advancement, to enable conformity with global transformational trends.

“Technology has changed our world, we no longer exist in communal or national silos but as part of a braided fabric of humanity in a global village where opportunities and challenges abound,” he commented.

Hon. Gbajabiamila described the impact of emerging technology as the opening of a new world where a child with a computer and internet connection in Lagos can compete for jobs in Texas or Bombay. “Our job as leaders he emphasised is to ensure that every Nigerian child is educated and empowered to compete and succeed in this global marketplace of ideas and talent”.

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Regulatory Agencies Need Stakeholders’ Engagement In Environmental Data Analysis – NITDA DG

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STAKEHOLDERS’ ENGAGEMENT CRITICAL FOR REGULATORY AGENCIES -DG NITDA To further underscore the role of data of various kind as the ‘new oil’ in our emerging digital economy, the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) Mallam Kashifu Inuwa has said; “It has become imperative for stakeholders and regulatory agencies to engage in effective management of environmental data and information management due to the rapid increase of environmental impact assessment that has made data become more valuable during decision making”. Mallam Inuwa, who was represented at the 15th National Stakeholder Forum of the National Environment Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA, by Barrister Emmanuel Edet, NITDA’s Head of Legal Unit, made this assertion while delivering the goodwill message on his behalf on the theme "Environmental Data and Information Management: A key to Environmental Governance in Nigeria. Mallam Inuwa noted that by looking at levels of pollutants, emissions, and other wastes that are being discharged, government and relevant stakeholders in the environmental protection sector can evaluate how to remain environmentally compliant, become more efficient, and save money, resources and manpower by making informed decisions through the use data. While commending the convening of stakeholders’ forum at this period as very apt and timely, the NITDA boss expressed that adequate consideration to the importance of environmental data and effective information management in providing solutions to environmental challenges would encourage and promote data accuracy. “The availability, ease, and speed of collecting environmental data have significantly accelerated in this information age due to the widespread use of digital technologies that has enhanced easy access to direct observation of various environmental data, which is now increasing within consumers' reach,” Inuwa said. He disclosed that robust environmental governance requires the participation of stakeholders, provision of fair legal frameworks, and transparency in decision-making processes, as well as the enforcement of policies following due rules and regulations. He also appreciated the management of NESREA for its consistency in involving stakeholders in making decisions that concerns the nation. In his welcome remarks, the NESREA’s Director General, Prof. Aliyu Jauro, noted that the Agency had initiated the gradual implementation of its data and information management through the recent automation of its processes namely; the Compliance Monitoring Information Systems, (NECMIS), which is dedicated to ensuring that compliance records generated over the years are organised to produce useful environmental governance and the NESREA Permit, Audit and Management, (NESPAM), which is intended to aid the generation, collation, analysis, storage and retrieval of data for compliance monitoring and enforcement programs. He urged all the participants to synergize their efforts towards achieving the expected outcomes of this year’s forum. The event witnessed various environmental enthusiasts and stakeholders from Ministries, Departments and Agencies, (MDAs) of Government, consultants, corporate organisations, the academia and civil society groups. The Hon. Minister of State Environment, Hon. Sharon O. Ikeazor Esq presented the keynote address while the opening remark was delivered by the former Minister of State for Environment and Emir of Nasarawa, HRH Alh Ibrahim Usman Jibril, who was the special guest of honour at the event.

STAKEHOLDERS’ ENGAGEMENT CRITICAL FOR REGULATORY AGENCIES -DG NITDA

To further underscore the role of data of various kinds as the ‘new oil’ in our emerging digital economy, the Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi has said; “It has become imperative for stakeholders and regulatory agencies to engage in effective management of environmental data and information management due to the rapid increase of environmental impact assessment that has made data become more valuable during decision making”.

Mallam Inuwa, who was represented at the 15th National Stakeholder Forum of the National Environment Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA, by Barrister Emmanuel Edet, NITDA’s Head of Legal Unit, made this assertion while delivering the goodwill message on his behalf on the theme “Environmental Data and Information Management: A key to Environmental Governance in Nigeria.

Mallam Inuwa noted that by looking at levels of pollutants, emissions, and other wastes that are being discharged, government and relevant stakeholders in the environmental protection sector can evaluate how to remain environmentally compliant, become more efficient, and save money, resources and manpower by making informed decisions through the use data.

While commending the convening of stakeholders’ forum at this period as very apt and timely, the NITDA boss expressed that adequate consideration to the importance of environmental data and effective information management in providing solutions to environmental challenges would encourage and promote data accuracy.

“The availability, ease, and speed of collecting environmental data have significantly accelerated in this information age due to the widespread use of digital technologies that has enhanced easy access to direct observation of various environmental data, which is now increasing within consumers’ reach,” Inuwa said.

STAKEHOLDERS’ ENGAGEMENT CRITICAL FOR REGULATORY AGENCIES -DG NITDA To further underscore the role of data of various kind as the ‘new oil’ in our emerging digital economy, the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) Mallam Kashifu Inuwa has said; “It has become imperative for stakeholders and regulatory agencies to engage in effective management of environmental data and information management due to the rapid increase of environmental impact assessment that has made data become more valuable during decision making”. Mallam Inuwa, who was represented at the 15th National Stakeholder Forum of the National Environment Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA, by Barrister Emmanuel Edet, NITDA’s Head of Legal Unit, made this assertion while delivering the goodwill message on his behalf on the theme "Environmental Data and Information Management: A key to Environmental Governance in Nigeria. Mallam Inuwa noted that by looking at levels of pollutants, emissions, and other wastes that are being discharged, government and relevant stakeholders in the environmental protection sector can evaluate how to remain environmentally compliant, become more efficient, and save money, resources and manpower by making informed decisions through the use data. While commending the convening of stakeholders’ forum at this period as very apt and timely, the NITDA boss expressed that adequate consideration to the importance of environmental data and effective information management in providing solutions to environmental challenges would encourage and promote data accuracy. “The availability, ease, and speed of collecting environmental data have significantly accelerated in this information age due to the widespread use of digital technologies that has enhanced easy access to direct observation of various environmental data, which is now increasing within consumers' reach,” Inuwa said. He disclosed that robust environmental governance requires the participation of stakeholders, provision of fair legal frameworks, and transparency in decision-making processes, as well as the enforcement of policies following due rules and regulations. He also appreciated the management of NESREA for its consistency in involving stakeholders in making decisions that concerns the nation. In his welcome remarks, the NESREA’s Director General, Prof. Aliyu Jauro, noted that the Agency had initiated the gradual implementation of its data and information management through the recent automation of its processes namely; the Compliance Monitoring Information Systems, (NECMIS), which is dedicated to ensuring that compliance records generated over the years are organised to produce useful environmental governance and the NESREA Permit, Audit and Management, (NESPAM), which is intended to aid the generation, collation, analysis, storage and retrieval of data for compliance monitoring and enforcement programs. He urged all the participants to synergize their efforts towards achieving the expected outcomes of this year’s forum. The event witnessed various environmental enthusiasts and stakeholders from Ministries, Departments and Agencies, (MDAs) of Government, consultants, corporate organisations, the academia and civil society groups. The Hon. Minister of State Environment, Hon. Sharon O. Ikeazor Esq presented the keynote address while the opening remark was delivered by the former Minister of State for Environment and Emir of Nasarawa, HRH Alh Ibrahim Usman Jibril, who was the special guest of honour at the event.
MALLAM KASHIFU INUWA ABDULLAHI, NITDA DG.

He disclosed that robust environmental governance requires the participation of stakeholders, provision of fair legal frameworks, and transparency in decision-making processes, as well as the enforcement of policies following due rules and regulations. He also appreciated the management of NESREA for its consistency in involving stakeholders in making decisions that concern the nation.

In his welcome remarks, the NESREA’s Director-General, Prof. Aliyu Jauro, noted that the Agency had initiated the gradual implementation of its data and information management through the recent automation of its processes namely; the Compliance Monitoring Information Systems, (NECMIS), which is dedicated to ensuring that compliance records generated over the years are organised to produce useful environmental governance and the NESREA Permit, Audit and Management, (NESPAM), which is intended to aid the generation, collation, analysis, storage and retrieval of data for compliance monitoring and enforcement programs.

He urged all the participants to synergize their efforts towards achieving the expected outcomes of this year’s forum. The event witnessed various environmental enthusiasts and stakeholders from Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, (MDAs) of Government, consultants, corporate organisations, academia, and civil society groups.  

The Hon. Minister of State Environment, Hon. Sharon O. Ikeazor Esq presented the keynote address while the opening remark was delivered by the former Minister of State for Environment and Emir of Nasarawa, HRH Alh Ibrahim Usman Jibril, who was the special guest of honour at the event.

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