President Muhammadu Buhari has said his government remains committed to growing Nigeria data privacy quotient globally.
He spoke during the recent inauguration of the Galaxy Backbone’s National Shared Service Centre in Abuja.
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The centre is built to provide robust connectivity infrastructures to ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government as well as private sector organisations. It will also help tackle emerging cyber threats to digital infrastructure and assets across country.
“Our administration’s commitment to promoting data promotion and privacy is receiving praise across the world and we have increased our digital identity enrolments from 39 million in October 2020 to about 92 million today,” the president said.
Adding: “The massive increase of about 63 million in about two years is a global success story and has led to several requests for partnership from countries within and outside Africa.
“I also approved the establishment of the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau NDPB] on the 4th of February, 2022 to provide an institutional framework for data protection in Nigeria, in line with global best practices.”
The NDPB bill is currently awaiting passage into an act at the National Assembly to provide legal and institutional frameworks for the country’s budding data protection industry.