President Buhari approves the formation of the new agency, appoints its CEO

President Buhari approves the formation of the new agency, appoints its CEO

A new government agency, the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Prof Isa Ali Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, requested the approval.

The NDPB will be responsible for data protection and privacy in the country, among other things, in accordance with global best practices.

Pantami further stated that the successful implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria has significantly increased data platform adoption and accelerated datafication.

He said;

“This has increased the importance of having an institution that focuses on data protection and privacy.

“Furthermore, the issuance of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) in January 2019, as a subsidiary legislation to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Act 2007, has increased awareness about the need for data protection and privacy.

“The Bureau will be responsible for consolidating the gains of the NDPR and supporting the process for the development of a primary legislation for data protection and privacy.”

Dr. Vincent Olatunji has also been appointed as the National Commissioner/Chief Executive Officer of the Bureau.

Until his recent appointment, Dr. Olatunji who is from Ekiti state was the Director of the eGovernment Development and Regulations Department at NITDA.

His new appointment takes effect immediately.

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