The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has recorded a big achievement through the creation of 2,686 new jobs.
These statistics were revealed in NITDA’s first Annual Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) Performance Report 2019-2020.
Unveiled by Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, the Report indicates that NDPR met the need of the Nigerian environment showing that 76% of Data Protection Compliance Organisations (DPCOs) has assisted Nigeria in complying with regulations.
The Minister commended NITDA on how it has offered the required assistance for adopting the NDPR, while adding that:
“I have reviewed the report and I am proud to see that we have through the NDPR, 2,686 job roles, thereby creating massive opportunities for young Nigerians to be recruited as Data Protection Officers, Data Protection Compliance Organisations, Compliance officers among others.”
“The DPCOs have also earned over N2 billion in the first year of implementation. This is the intent of our digital economy policy- empowering Nigerians in a way that ensures global competitiveness,”
The Minister stated that, NDPR is a case part of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS)implementation, a part of the eight pillars.
“The NDPR falls under the first pillar – Developmental Regulation. The objective of this pillar is to ensure effective regulatory oversight and securing of the information, communication, technology and digital economy space to engender accelerated and inclusive development,”
Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, the Director-General of NITDA, while making his remarks said that the aim of the report is to provide all stakeholders with the chance to understand what the Agency has done so far in implementing the NPDR while adding that the understanding would foster further research in providing guidance to all stakeholders.
Mallam Kashifu added that “the Report, being the first of its kind is aimed at highlighting key initiatives, successes and challenges of implementing the Regulation.
The NDPR being a flagship of the NDEPS, is expected to be used as a learning curve for Nigeria and Africa on how to effectively implement global laws with due consideration of local peculiarities and opportunities.”
Featured Image: The presentation of first NDPR report by NITDA in Abuja
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