Nigeria is now at the forefront of Data Protection in Africa.
A remarkable feat which has earned the nation a appreciable place in the global digital economy.
The National Commissioner/CEO, Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), Dr. Vincent Olatunji confirmed the achievement during a Nigeria-Netherlands Economic Consultative Meeting in Abuja.
A Press Statement issued by the Head of Media Unit for NDPB, Itunu Dosekun, quotes the National Commissioner as saying that Nigeria has absolute advantage compared to other African countries, while also reiterating the major significance of the Bureau to the contribution of Nigeria’s GDP.
“The EU countries have gone ahead with Data Protection but Nigeria gain the lead in Africa with over 200 million people, we have put in place appropriate structure to create confidence and trust in whatever you are doing with us in terms of trade and commerce, because one of the objectives of the NDPR is to increase the global competitiveness of businesses in the country.”
“We have a combined earning of N5.5bn in the sector, which is contributing to our GDP,” he said.
Dr Olatunji assured the Dutch Government of the safety of the personal data of its citizens in Nigeria, saying that the Nigerian Government has put in place appropriate safeguards through the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation and the establishment of the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau by the Federal Government.
He requested partnership in the area of peer review in implementing data protection regulations and laws between the two countries and other areas.
“We are happy to work with you in the area of awareness and capacity building and spreading the gospel of data protection because it is the key, the bedrock of the global digital economy,” the Statement concluded.
The event was well attended by Delegates from the Netherlands’ Foreign Affairs, Chief Executive Officers from the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as the Organized Private Sector.
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