Development Project engages Private sector on data protection  bill

Fri, Sep 2, 2022
By editor

General News

NIGERIA Digital  for Development Project  (ID4D) on Thursday  engaged relevant stakeholders  from private sector on their input to ensure passage of the data protection  regulation into law.

The project Coordinator, Mr Solomon  Odole, said at the Workshop  on Data Protection  Law in Lagos, that the passage of  data protection regulation into law was tailored to meet the need of the Nigerians.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports the Digital  Identification  for Development (ID4D) is a project  of the Federal  government with the objective  to enhance the Nigerian  Digital Identification  ecosystem.

Odole said tthat a nation could not truly be a sovereign state if it did not know its people or have a unique way to identify them.

He said that government’s knowledge of its people citizens and residents was fundamental to planning, governance, fiscal management, accountability, security among others.

According to him, this knowledge must begin with birth registration, and extend to house numbering, street naming and issuance of a unique identifier through a national identification system.

‘’This knowledge also extends to knowing who, where, social and economic circumstances of the people.

‘’Establishing a foundational ID is the first step to empowering people and facilitating access to basic government services.

‘’Civil registration and  vital statistics System and the National Identity Management System are the foundational IDs in Nigeria

“Without proper identity, people are excluded from basic services that provide foundation for support,’’ he said.

According to him,  one of the disbursement conditions of the project is the enactment of the Data Protection Bill.

Odole he said the project had left no stone unturned in its drive to ensure that this condition was fulfilled and that the bill was passed and assented to.

The coordinator  said that the objective  of the project was to increase the number of persons with a National ID number, issued by a robust and inclusive foundational ID system, that facilitated their access to services.

Also in his presentation tagged ‘Data Protection  in Nigeria: The journey  so far’, the National  Commissioner,  National Data Protection  Bureau,  Dr Vincent Olatunji, highlighted  challenges of data  protection  in Nigeria.

Olatunji highlighted  limited knowledge  about data protection, limited  human capital with experience and funding among others.

NAN reports that the project is supported  by developmental partners – the World Bank,  French  Development Agency and European Investment Bank (NAN)