The African Union Commission and German Development Cooperation (AUC/GIZ) have reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing the operational capabilities of the Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) in its role as Nigeria’s guardian of privacy rights.

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This commitment was underscored during a recent strategic virtual meeting between the NDPC and AUC/GIZ. Dr. Vincent Olatunji, National Commissioner/CEO of the NDPC, led his management team in discussions with the AUC/GIZ delegation, led by Amazouz Souhila, a senior ICT policy developer.

The meeting, themed “Technical Assistance Programme on Data Policy and Governance” for the NDPC, emphasized key areas such as awareness creation, capacity building, and the formulation of regulations and sectoral guidelines within Nigeria’s data protection ecosystem.

Officials from AUC/GIZ reiterated their readiness to enhance the NDPC’s capacity to fulfill its mandate and to share best practices with other African countries navigating similar challenges in the data protection landscape.


The African Union (AU), consisting of 55 member states, serves as a crucial regional organization promoting peace, security, democratic governance, and economic integration across Africa. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the German Agency for International Cooperation, has partnered with the AU since 2004, operating in various fields including economic development, governance, and peacebuilding.

The collaboration between AUC/GIZ and the NDPC is poised to strengthen the regulatory capacity of Nigeria’s data protection authority, equipping it to address evolving regulatory challenges and provide effective guidance as the importance of data protection continues to grow in Nigeria and beyond.

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