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NITDA says data regulation policy not in conflict with NCC directive to telcos

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NITDA DG, Kashifu Abdullahi Inuwa

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said that the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) is not in conflict with the recent directive by the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) to telecommunication companies to store and make available recordings of communications carried out over their network.

The IT agency made this known while reacting to an article published by some online newspapers on 18th October, 2019 titled – “New NCC directive will push telcos to violate Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR)”.

In a statement signed by the director-general and chief executive officer of NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi Inuwa, CCIE, and made available to The Witness on Monday, the agency while commending the author of the article, however noted that as against the concerns raised, NCC, like every other government agency is working hard to implement the NDPR.

Recall that NITDA issued the 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.

 

Read the full statement below:

NCC REGULATION NOT IN CONFLICT WITH THE NIGERIA DATA PROTECTION REGULATION

The attention of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has been drawn to an article by a well-meaning Nigerian titled- New NCC directive will push telcos to violate Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) published on 18th October, 2019 across various online media. NITDA appreciates the increasing level of civil discuss and interrogation of the NDPR by many Nigerians. We believe these kinds of engagement leads to the development of robust and effective regulatory regimes that works for all.

The writer was of the opinion that the Nigeria Communication Commission’s (NCC) directive to telecommunication companies to store and make available recordings of communications carried out over their network is antithetical to the provisions of the NDPR. We want to use this medium to educate all concerned Nigerians on the bands of privacy and national security.

The right to privacy which the NDPR seeks to protect is established by Section 37 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). The right is however limited by Section 45. (1) which provides: Nothing in sections 37, 38, 39, 40 and 41 of this Constitution shall invalidate any law that is reasonably justifiable in a democratic society  (a) in the interest of defence, public safety, public order, public morality or public health; The right to privacy protection is subject to reasonably, justifiable law for public safety and order.

This same sentiment is shared by Article 2 of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which provides:

This Regulation does not apply to the processing of personal data:

(d) by competent authorities for the purposes of the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties, including the safeguarding against and the prevention of threats to public security.

Furthermore, Article 2.2 of the NDPR provides multiple basis for processing of personal data. While all data processing must be founded on legitimate interest, the other basis for processing include- consent of data subject, legal interest, contract of parties, public interest and vital interest of the data subject. The NCC’s directive is predicated on legitimacy and public interest.

It is gratifying to note that the communications sector under the able leadership of Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the Honourable Minister of Communications, is working in symmetry to protect Nigerians, increase opportunities and improve ease of doing business in the sector. NCC, like every other government agency is working hard to implement the NDPR as there is a consensus that the Regulation, is at the moment the country’s most comprehensive law on data protection.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is a Federal Government Agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications. NITDA is established in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy as well as coordinate general IT development and regulation in the country. Specifically, Section 6(a, b, c, f & m) of the Act mandates NITDA to create a framework for the planning, research, development, standardization, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of Information Technology practices, activities and systems in Nigeria; provide guidelines to facilitate the establishment and maintenance of appropriate infrastructure for information technology and systems application and development in Nigeria for public and private sectors, urban-rural development, the economy and the government; render advisory services in all information technology matters to the public and private sectors and accelerate internet and intranet penetration in Nigeria and promote sound internet Governance by giving effect to the Second Schedule of the Act.

 

Kashifu Abdullahi Inuwa, CCIE

Director General/CEO

Chief Information Technology Officer of Nigeria

Corporate Headquarters, Garki, Abuja

21st October, 2019

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Cool FM’s Amin Mousalli, Allon Nelken, Kavitta Chellaram, Diana Chan, others for Ethnic Business Awards

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Nigeria-based foreigners who’re contributing to the nation’s economy in terms of visible investments and employment generation will be honoured and celebrated during the Ethnic Business Awards (www.theethnicbusinessawards.com) on Valentine’s day, February 14th, 2020 at the prestigious Oriental hotel Lagos.

These diaspora foreigners who have chosen Nigeria as home despite the stormy waters, according to the organizers of the epoch making event deserve more than celebration and will be honoured in different categories such as Ethnic Man of The Year, Woman of The Year, Entrepreneur of The Year, CSR Brand, Beauty Brand, Financial Institution to mention but a few.

On the Ethnic Man of The Year category are revered international business tycoon such Alli Mousalli of Cool FM, Allon Nelken, (Mega Plaza), Benoy Berry (Contec Group), Robert Tung (Wempco), Mann Lababidi of Crown Flour Mills to mention but a few while the nominees for Ethnic Woman of The Year are Diana Chan (GAC Motors), Kavita Chellaram (ArtHouse Contemporary) and Caterina Bortolussi of Kinabuti Fashions.

Diana Chan (GAC Motors)

Other interesting categories are the Ethnic Financial Institutions where the likes of Stanbic IBTC, Standard Chartered and Citi Bank are being nominated.

Foreign entertainers who’re making waves in the Nigerian showbiz industry will also be honoured in the catrgories itemized as Cross-Over Actors, Actress and Musician of The Year. Prominent African stars such as Juliet Ibrahim (Ghana), Princess Shyngle (Gambia), Cynthia Emade (Cameroun), Ela Mensah (Ghana), Okawa Shaznay among others.

Ella Mensah

The Ethnic Business Awards is aimed at recognizing and appreciating the outstanding contributions of foreign businesses, organisations, individuals and communities to corporate Nigeria, “this is like thinking outside the box, the awards is designed to reward and encourage innovations and excellence among Nigeria-based foreigners in enterprise”.

Inspired by the growing population of foreign investors, organisations, individuals and migrants communities who have impressed with remarkable inputs into the growth of the Nigerian economy, the Ethnic Business Awards [EBA] seeks to reward the best practices in commerce, international diplomacy and excellence across other industries.

Nigeria became Africa’s largest economy for the second year in a row according to a multinational professional services network, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), in 2019. Beyond doubts, this feat would have been impossible without the faith reposed in her by men and women of other nationalities who have defied doom prediction to swarm Nigeria to grow her commerce.

The EBA (www.theethnicbusinessawards.com) pays very special attention to promising and established foreign companies, missions, communities, organisations and individuals of sterling qualities all of whom have been identified and grouped into different categories following a public opinion poll and wide consultations with some of the industry’s finest experts.

The event holds on St. Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2020 at the prestigious Oriental hotel Lagos.

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We’re not recruiting, Nigeria Immigration warns

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has warned applicants against patronising fake recruitment sites as the Service was not recruiting.

A statement by its spokesperson, Sunday James, said on Tuesday in Abuja that the NIS Comptroller-General, Muhammad Babandede, issued the warning while reacting to the reported existence of fake NIS websites across the country.

It particularly noted that the website – https/nis/recruitmentname.ng – where unsuspected Nigerians were being duped, was fake.

“The service is hereby disassociating itself from the fake claims and advising Nigerians against subscribing to it as no recruitment is ongoing in the service.

“The service recruitment exercise is always advertised in reputable national dailies, televisions and on its website – www.immigration.gov.ng – and it is usually free,“ the statement noted.

He advised the general public to desist from patronising fraudsters and report any suspected case to the following platform and telephone number – nis.servicom@nigeriaimmigration.gov.ng. and 07080607900.

(NAN)

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UNILAG VC, Prof Ogundipe eulogises Pantami, says he is a man of integrity

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L-R: University of Lagos Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ogundipe with the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami when the latter paid him a visit in Abuja on Tuesday

The Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe has described the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami FNCS, FBCS, FIIM as a man of unquestionable integrity who keeps to his promise.

The Vice Chancellor made his position known on Tuesday when he led the management of the institution to a courtesy visit to appreciate the Honourable Minister for the various IT intervention projects donated to the institution aimed at enhancing research and learning.

The VC also invited the Honourable Minister, Dr Pantami to deliver a lecture at the upcoming convocation ceremony of the institution scheduled to hold in March.

In his remarks, the ‘Next Level’ vibrant, energetic and focused Minister, Dr Pantami pledged the Ministry’s commitment under his watch to bridge the gap between academia and industry, stressing that skills are very important and critical in driving a digital economy in Nigeria.

The Honourable Minister said “in Nigeria today, we are producing many potential employees and fewer potential employers”, adding that “in technology and most importantly in digital technology, if you can marry both degrees and skills that is the best, however, if it’s only one, then skills have priority over certificates”.

Dr. Pantami maintained that there is a need to think outside the box and enhance the skills of the younger generation through mentorship to drive a digital economy and position the country on the path of prosperity.

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