NITDA targets 300,000 in 2022 through data economy

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), says it is committed to implement its data protection regulation to boost economy and engender creation of 300,000 jobs by 2022.

Dr Isa Pantami, the Director-General of NITDA said the agency issued its Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) in January, which was targeted at ensuring data protection among public and private institutions.

“It may be recalled that NITDA issued the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation on January 25 with the aim of stemming the tide of wanton abuse of data privacy.

“This is expected to improve the global image of the Nigerian business environment and to stimulate a data economy which would lead to the creation of 300,000 jobs by 2022.

“In an effort to sensitise the general public and create the requisite awareness on the NDPR, series of publications were made in electronic, print and new media.

“We are happy to say that Nigerians and non-Nigerians have taken note of the NDPR as evidenced by over 400 phone calls and numerous email enquiries being received and treated daily,” Pantami said.

He, however, added that the agency made available the drafted implementation framework of NDPR on its website – for inputs from general public, stakeholders and the private sector for better operations.

According to him, the agency is investigating some data controllers for breach of the regulation.