NITDA has initiated several policies and programs to ensuring data sovereignty and integrity through the introduction of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation in 2019
The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has revealed that his Agency has initiated several policies and programs to entrench data sovereignty and integrity in Nigeria cyberspace.
Inuwa was speaking at the NITRA Technology Forum 2021 with the Theme “Achieving 30% Growth in Local Cloud Hosting by 2024” Thursday in Lagos.
He said NITDA introduced the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation in 2019, adding that the the successes of the regulations are there for all to see.
“We developed the Nigeria Cloud Computing Policy (NCCP) to promote “Cloud First” as a proposition to Federal Public Institutions (FPIs) and SMEs as an efficient way of acquiring and deploying computing resources for better and improved quality of digital services,”, he said.
DG Inuwa, who was ably represented by Mrs Chioma Okey-Aguguo, noted that the role of the Government is to enable the environment for private and corporate bodies to invest in local hosting services, the building of more data centres.
“There has been a considerable increase in the number of cloud services providers in Nigeria. The big names are here, I don’t want o mention names of companies so that I would not be accused of bias as a regulator”, DG said.
Hs applauds the initiative of NITRA for organizing this technology Forum. We are happy to be part of this year’s edition.
“We expect more of this kind of activities and we are always willing to collaborate with stakeholders we are always willing to work with stakeholders to address their pain point to make sure we create enabling environment for cloud services to thrive in Nigeria. We believe with strategic partnership and collaboration, our combined effort will enhance efficient and cheap cloud hosting in Nigeria to serve, therefore, as a model for other African countries to adopt.”
NITDA, he noted, mandate is to regulate and develop the IT sector of Nigeria, an integral part of our economy. Central to this mandate is securing our data both cooperate and individual, he concluded.