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FG to enact more laws to strengthen data protection



…declares data privacy a fundamental human right

The Federal Government has revealed plans to enact more data Protection laws to strengthen the institutional framework in the country.

The Minister made the remark during a two-day sensitization workshop organized in Abuja by the National Data Protection Commission (NDPC).

He said that as individuals, businesses and the government embrace the digital age, it is crucial that personal and sensitive information of the citizen is maintained under the eyes of confidentiality.

He commended the NDPC under the leadership of Dr Vincent Olatunji for playing key role in ensuring the country has data protection regulations.

Dr. Tijani said: “I commend the work of Dr Olatunji, the role of ensuring that we have a structure around the regulation of data Protection is extremely important in our journey as a nation.”

“Data privacy is not just a matter of convenience; it is a fundamental human right and we should care about the data we generate and what it is being used for.”

“As we embrace the digital age, it is crucial that personal and sensitive information of our citizens is maintained under the eyes of confidentiality.”

“We are committed as a government to ensuring that every Nigerian can trust the digital platforms that they use, knowing that their personal day will not be misused.”

“To achieve this, we are taking proactive steps to strengthen our data Protection framework as evident in setting up of NDPC, we are working with stakeholders including national assembly to enact robust data Protection laws that is aligned with international standards.”

“This involves holding organisations accountable on how they collect and process data, we will also normalise the culture of transparency among our citizens so that everyone is fully aware of how their data is used. We will collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure everyone is being aware and f their rights and how they can protect their digital identity.”

“This is not the responsibility of government alone, each one of us should ensure that everyone around us understand the value of their data and how they can protect themselves. As data Protection officers and MDAs, we must be responsible for this as you are the faces citizens interact with.”

“It is important that we model what we want to see in the society. The digital economy is an era of growth and innovation that requires we nurture it. The president is interested in the power of digital economy. As we encourage the development of innovative technology, we should also prioritize the implementation of stronger data security and protection as well.”

“Finally, I want to emphasize that data privacy and protection conversation should go beyond technicalities, they should become values that we all hold and uphold strongly. As we build an inclusive and prosperous digital future by fostering a collective culture of responsible data handling, we can ensure our citizens personal information is managed responsibly and also secured.”

“As a minister, I am personally committed to this and I ask that you all join us to work towards the Nigeria where everyone’s data is protected and secured. As we mainstream the use of technology, not everyone in our society knows how to manage their data, people are coming on more on social media, and sharing of indiscriminate message on social media shouldn’t be. we continue to push and enlighten our citizens to protect their data we also ask that you join us on this journey to protect the data of our citizens”. He said.


Nigeria’s IT sector will remain strong inspite of challenges – DG NITDA



The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa has stated that Nigeria’s IT sector will remain strong inspite of challenges.

Speaking during an event ‘CONNECT THE DOT’S CONFERENCE’, with the Theme ”Igniting Resilience and Empowering Youth”, which was held in Abuja, the DG said the agency is focusing on building resilience in the face of challenges for the development of Nigeria’s information technology sector.

He stated that NITDA is working on various initiatives to ensure that the country’s IT industry remains strong and resilient in the face of challenges.

“We must be resilient in the face of challenges, and this is particularly important in the IT industry,” Inuwa said.

“We are working on various initiatives to promote resilience in the sector, including the establishment of IT hubs in universities, and the promotion of local content development.”

He also highlighted the importance of digital transformation in building resilience, stating that NITDA is working to ensure that more Nigerians have access to digital technologies and skills, which will enable them to adapt to the changing digital landscape.

He further reiterated the agency’s commitment to building a strong and sustainable IT industry in Nigeria, and pledged to work with relavant bodies towards achieving its goals.

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NCC pledges support to Meta on digital economy initiatives



By Blessing Emmanuel, Abuja

The Nigerian Communi cations Commission (NCC) has pledged its readiness to support digital economic initiatives of investors, including Meta (formerly Facebook), that align with Nigeria’s vision for a robust digital economy.

During a visit to the NCC’s headquarters in Abuja, a delegation from Meta, led by Kojo Boakye, the company’s Vice President for Africa, the Middle-East, and Turkey, met with Dr. Aminu Maida, the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The NCC EVC emphasised the importance of compliance with industry laws, regulations, and guidelines for creating a level-playing field that encourages healthy competition and sustainable growth in the Nigerian telecoms sector.

Boakye congratulating Dr. Maida on his appointment, shared Meta’s ongoing efforts to land the 2Africa submarine cable in Nigeria.

According to Boakye, “The 45,000-kilometer-long cable, scheduled to go live in 2023, will be one of the world’s largest subsea cable projects, interconnecting Europe (via Egypt), Asia (via Saudi Arabia), and Africa.

“With a design capacity of up to 180 terabytes per second (Tbps), the 2Africa cable aims to deliver much-needed Internet capacity and reliability across Africa, supporting the growth of 4G, 5G, and fixed broadband access.”

Boakye sought NCC’s support in navigating legal and regulatory processes for the cable’s landing in Nigeria, emphasising the positive impact it will have on connectivity and affordability.

The Meta delegation also outlined plans to simultaneously land the 2Africa cable in Lagos and Akwa-Ibom States through a consortium.

Boakye emphasised that this approach aims to connect those currently without access while enhancing and providing affordable access for those already connected.

Responding, Dr. Maida assured Meta of NCC’s commitment to supporting initiatives that align with Nigeria’s digital economy agenda and welcomed the potential benefits the 2Africa cable could bring to the country’s telecommunications landscape.

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Minister Tijani reels out 100 days achievement, hails Tinubu



The Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy has reeled out his 100 days achievements as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In a recent address, Minister Tijani expressed gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR for the unique honour bestowed upon him, and highlighted the collective accomplishments, outlining the path ahead for the Ministry.

Commending the unwavering support from directors, agency heads, and the entire team (NCC, NITDA, NigComSat, NDPC, NIPOST, GBB, etc), he emphasised the dynamic and cohesive force that has been shaped within the Ministry during this period.

Highlighting his achievements in office, Dr Tijani said, “The Ministry’s mandate, structured around five pillars – Knowledge, Policy, Infrastructure, Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Capital, and Trade – forms the core of the Strategic Blueprint. This blueprint guides the Ministry’s role in realizing the President’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

“In the first 100 days, the Knowledge pillar has been instrumental in driving initiatives, most notably the Three Million Technical Talent (3MTT) program. With over 1.6 million talented Nigerians applying in a month, partnerships, including a N1 Billion commitment from IHS Nigeria and UNDP’s funding for 3,000 internships, have significantly amplified the impact.

“The National AI Research Scheme received 2,118 proposals, showcasing the depth of talent in applying technology to critical sectors. Collaborations with the Raspberry Pi Foundation led to the establishment of Code Clubs in 17 locations, fostering technological talent from a young age.

“Under the Policy pillar, collaboration with NITDA resulted in the launch of the Startup Support and Engagement Portal, aligning with the Startup Act. White Papers on top AI talent of Nigerian descent and the 1:10:100 Implementation approach outline strategic directions.

“The Infrastructure pillar achieved milestones, including mapping over 2,500 innovation spaces and revamping NigComSat’s platforms. Extending coverage to underserved locations aligns with the commitment to providing digital opportunities. Engagements at global forums such as the Mobile World Congress and ITU-World Radio Conference underscore Nigeria’s global presence.”

On innovation, entrepreneurship and capital, Dr Tijani noted that “significant partnerships were forged under the Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Capital (IEC) pillar, including the $116 million financing for AFD’s I-DICE program and a $100 million Global AI partnership.”

“Initiatives like the 4IRTA platform and the Young Innovative Builders program demonstrate dedication to leveraging technology for sustainable development,” he narrated.

The Minister explained further that the achievements of his 100 days in office were a result of collective efforts that have shaped the first 100 days.

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