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NITDA’s data regulation: MDAs warn on silo effect - ITREALMS

Any Ministry, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of the government at all levels working in silos run the risk of losing legitimacy, especially with subsidiary legislation, reports ITREALMS exclusively.

The Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative (PI) Mr. Gbenga Sesan gave this advice while reacting to the proposed Nigeria Data Protection Regulation 2019 by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

He told ITREALMS that although NITDA is not a regulatory agency and by coming out with this data protection regulation bill, needs to collaborate with other MDAs and relevant stakeholders.

Some of these MDAs and stakeholders, he listed to include the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), National Identity Management Commission and relevant National Assembly organs.


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This, he also said, will afford Nigeria to have a proper Data Privacy Law.


“First, NITDA is not a regulator. Having said that, anyone can push for regulation, and they are right to work on an area of interest but with existing Data Privacy bills,” he advised.

Sesan pointed out that it would have been more thorough for NITDA to engage “instead of taking advantage of an obvious gap to lay claim to a turf.”

Wondering what has become the state of NCC’s hitherto “Lawful Interception Draft Regulation” insisting on collaboration to make good sense of pieces of regulations for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector and data users at large in the country.

Chuks Egbune/Editor

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Pix: Gbenga Sesan

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