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NITDA partners European Data Protection Office on data protection, job creation

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L-R: Mr Dejo Olawunmi (Head, Project Monitoring), Ms. Lucia Canga ( Head of EDPO Delegation), Dr Vincent Olatunji, Director eGovernment Devt and Regulations and Barr Olufemi Daniel (Desk Officer, NDPR), after a meeting at GITEX 2019 in Dubai, UAE.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has entered into a strategic partnership with the European Data Protection Office (EDPO) to enable Nigerian businesses comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In a statement made available to The Witness on Tuesday by Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations at NITDA, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, mnipr, m.apra, mcipr, the IT agency said the partnership which was sealed at the on-going Gulf International Technology Exhibition taking place in Dubai, UAE, is a huge step forward in Nigeria’s drive towards compliance with data protection.

Recall that NITDA issued the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) in January 2019 with the objective of protecting personal data, improve ease of doing business in Nigeria and to create jobs for over 300,000 Nigerians through the unique implementation model of the NDPR.

Accirding to the statement, the outcome of the meeting which had in attendance top NITDA officials and Ms. Lucia Canga, the Head of the EDPO delegation are as follows:
1. NITDA has been designated as the contact point for Nigerian entities that seek to comply with the GDPR

2. EDPO would facilitate Nigeria’s aspiration to become the first African country to meet the European Union’s GDPR adequacy requirement which would open Nigerian businesses to opportunities in the European market.

3. NITDA would through its licensed Data Protection Compliance Organisations (DPCOs) assist Nigerian entities to be fully compliant with the GDPR thereby ensuring global competitiveness and business continuity.

The EDPO representative also had a meeting with the Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami who reaffirmed Nigeria’s readiness to partner with EDPO to actualize the country’s objective of improving ease of doing business in Nigeria and to make Nigerian companies have global relevance in line with President Muhammandu Buhari GCFR economic diversification agenda.

NITDA is empowered by Section 6 (c) of the NITDA Act of 2007 to develop guidelines for electronic governance and monitor the use of electronic data interchange and other forms of electronic communication transactions as an alternative to paper-based methods in government, commerce, education, the private and public sectors, labour, and other fields, where the use of electronic communication may improve the exchange of data and information.

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Breaking: Soldier kills four colleagues in Borno, commits suicide

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Breaking: Soldier kills four colleagues in Borno, commits suicide

A soldier who is a Corporal of the Nigerian Army serving at the Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Army Super Camp 15, located at Malam Fatori in Borno State, northern Nigeria,  has killed four of his colleagues.

The Witness reports that a statement by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, confirmed the development, saying that the Nigerian Army soldier later shot himself in the early hours of Wednesday, February 26,

It was learned that two other soldiers of the Nigerian Army were injured from the shooting but are currently in stable condition in hospital in Maiduguri, the capital and the largest city of Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria.

The Acting Director of Army Public Relations said efforts are ongoing to contact the families of our gallant colleagues who paid the supreme price in the line of duty.

“Two of his colleagues were also injured during the incident and are currently in stable condition in our hospital in Maiduguri. Efforts are ongoing to contact the families of our gallant colleagues who paid the supreme price in the line of duty. May their gentle souls Rest In Peace.

“Meanwhile, an investigation into the case has since been instituted to determine the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident,” Musa said.

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[BREAKING] Bayelsa: Supreme Court upholds judgement sacking APC’s David Lyon

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[BREAKING] Bayelsa: Supreme Court upholds judgement sacking APC's David Lyon

The Supreme Court has upheld its judgement which sacked David Lyon and Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the governor-elect and deputy governor-elect of Bayelsa State. The apex court dismissed an application for review of the judgment.

According to Justice Amina Augie who read the judgment, the application lacks merit, adding that the decisions of the court are final.

She added that the applicants failed to point out errors, stating that the judgment is final for all ages.

The apex court judge said the judgment is final in the ‘real sense’ and no court on earth can review the judgment.

“There must be an end to litigation even if we review this judgment, every disaffected litigant will bring similar applications and the finality of Supreme Court judgments will be lost.”

She added that the applications are frivolous and vexatious, and awarded the cost of N10 million against the applicants to be personally paid by their counsel.

Recall the apex court, on February 13, sacked Lyon of the APC barely 24 hours to his inauguration.

A five-member panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Odili nullified Mr Lyon’s election on the grounds that his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to aid his qualification for the November 16 governorship election in State.

Subsequently, the court ordered INEC to declare the party with the highest number of lawful votes and geographical spread the winner of the election. The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Douye Diri, was later sworn in as governor.

This was sequel to a suit filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Douye Diri, against the APC candidates and INEC, seeking the disqualification of the APC deputy governorship candidate.

 

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Bayelsa: Court to deliver judgment in APC’s request to review Bayelsa judgment

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[BREAKING] Bayelsa: Supreme Court upholds judgement sacking APC's David Lyon

The Supreme Court has fixed judgment for Wednesday (Today) in the application by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for a review of its judgment in the Bayelsa State governorship dispute.

The apex court has, in its February 13, 2020 judgement, voided the participation of the APC’s candidates in the election on the grounds that its deputy governorship candidate submitted false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) about his education credentials.

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