Home » Uncategorized » NITDA Enforces Public Internet Access Regulation

NITDA Enforces Public Internet Access Regulation

NITDA says time is now for Providers of Public Internet Access Services comply with relevant regulations

IT NEWS NIGERIA:

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), in line with its mandateof promoting and regulating Information Technology in Nigeria, is set to enforce compliance with the Public Internet Access (PIA) Regulation, issued pursuant to Section 6 of the NITDA Act 2007, a statement said.

Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Director General/CEO og NITDA said the PIA Regulationis a regulatory framework for the provision of internet services in public areas or locations where members of the public have unfettered access. It provides minimum requirements and processes for provisioning of the public internet access service and mandates compliance reporting to ensure the rules are followed in provisioning of this vital and strategic service.

The Agency commends operators who are currently providing this service across Nigeria, as the service increases the use of internet and Information Technology for development of Nigeria. It is,however,pertinent to note that this service can be misused with great detriment to development of Information Technology and national security, in a manner that may be injurious to the citizens. The Federal Government is also concerned about the management and use of the personal information of Nigerians. It is on these considerations that all service providers of public internet service such as IT companies, Restaurants, Hotels and Event Centresare directed to comply with the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation of the NITDA 2019, issued pursuant to Section 6 of the NITDA 2007.Henceforth, only registered, verified and vetted providers can provide public internet access service in Nigeria.

READ ALSO  Viber Unveils Public Chats in Africa, Middle East

Current and prospecting providers are therefore required to register with the Agency in line with the provisions of the Public Internet Access Regulation, 2019 and must submit, on a bi-annual basis, completed compliance reporting forms in the manner prescribed by NITDA. The Public Internet Access (PIA) Registration form and the Public Internet Access Compliance forms are available on the Agency’s website:www.nitda.gov.ng.

It should be noted that violation of the Regulatory Guidelines of NITDA is a criminal offence and punishable with a fine, imprisonment or both. Members of the public and operators of public internetaccess service are advised to comply promptly and accordingly.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is a Federal Government Agency established in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy as well as coordinate general IT development and regulation in the country. Specifically, Section 6(a, b& m) of the Act mandates NITDA to create a framework for the planning, research, development, standardization, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of Information Technology practices, activities and systems in Nigeria; provide guidelines to facilitate the establishment and maintenance of appropriate infrastructure for information technology and systems application and development in Nigeria for public and private sectors, urban-rural development, the economy and the government; and accelerate internet and intranet penetration in Nigeria and promote sound internet Governance among others.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

x

Check Also

NITRA Innovative Forum 2020 ncc nitra

NCC, Digital Encode Support NITRA Innovative Tech Forum On Post-COVID-19 Strategies

NCC and Digital Encode have throw ...

Airtel Nigeria CEO

Airtel Announces new Partnership with Google to Enhance Mobile Internet Experience in Nigeria

Airtel unveils Mobile Data Platform (MDP), ...

isn gathering

ISN hosts annual gathering, demo day September 23

 ISN says it will host her ...

9mobile Appoints Stjepan Udovicic as new Chief Commercial Officer

9mobile Board of Directors has unveils ...

nira

NiRA Offers Mouth-Watering .ng Domain Names Promo For 3 Months

*NiRA says .ng domain names promo ...