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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] Lockdown violation: Lagos govt withdraws charge against Naira Marley, Gbadamosi, wife

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[BREAKING] Lockdown violation: Court pardons Naira Marley, Gbadamosi, wife

The Lagos State government has agreed to withdraw charges against former governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Lagos State, Babatunde Gbadamosi and his wife Folasade; and popular singer Naira Marley, Channels TV is reporting.

This is as defendants accepted to tender written apology to Lagos State Government, issue undertaking to comply with directive on lockdown and social distancing and stay in isolation for the next 14 days.

The state government agreed to withdraw the charge against the three defendants based on their remorsefulness but subsequent upon them fulfilling three conditions.

They were therefore not arraigned before the Magistare Court sitting in Ogba today, April 8. The conditions are:

1) They have to write a formal apology to the Government of Lagos State which will solidify the remorsefulness shown by them.

(2) They have to give an undertaking in writing that they will continue to comply with the directives of Mr President and Mr Governor which is the subject matter of the case before the court.

(3) In view of the danger which the state believes they’ve put themselves by attending a gathering exceeding 20 persons, they must agree to go on 14 days isolation to protect other members of the public from any likely danger.

The defendants through their counsel all agreed to the conditions and the court has adjourned till tomorrow for the prosecutor to brief the court on whether all the conditions have been met failing which they will be arraigned.

Source: ChannelsTV

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UPDATE: Naira Marley, Gbadamosi arrive court, await trial for violating COVID-19 lockdown

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[BREAKING] Lockdown violation: Court pardons Naira Marley, Gbadamosi, wife

Popular Nigerian entertainer, Azeez Fashola, known as Naira Marley,  Lagos politician, Babatunde Gbadamosi and his wife have arrived the Ogba, Lagos Magistrate Court for trial for allegedly violating the law restricting movement in the state, THE WITNESS reports.

Journalists were barred by the police from covering the trial of the trio.

Naira Marley and former Lagos gubernatorial aspirant, Gbolahan Gbadamosi and wife were being arraigned for attending the 43rd birthday organised by Nollywood actress Funke Akindele for her husband, which contravened Lagos State Government directive on social gathering.

More details to come..

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BREAKING: Fire guts Nigeria Accountant-General’s office in Abuja

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BREAKING: Fire guts Nigeria Accountant-General’s office in Abuja

Fire on Wednesday gutted the Nigeria Treasury House which is the office of the Nigeria Accountant General of the Federation in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, THE WITNESS reports.

It was gathered that the fire started from around the third floor, razing the building upwards including the Accountant General’s office and most of the important offices.

The cause of the fire is however unknown as at the time of filing this report.

Details shortly…

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