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NDPC unveils data protection strategic roadmap

The Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) has unveiled a five-year data strategic roadmap to strengthen data protection

The Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) has unveiled the Nigeria Data Protection Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (NDP-SRAP 2023-2027) with a target of creating about 500,000 jobs and generating more than N125 billion in revenue.

The five-pillar NDP-SRAP was launched in Abuja on Wednesday alongside a capacity-building workshop on Data Privacy and Protection for Data Protection Officers. The pillars are governance, ecosystem and technology, human capital development, cooperation and collaboration, funding and sustainability.

At the launch, NDPC’s National Commissioner, Dr Vincent Olatunji, said that the NDPC is working to protect Nigerians from malicious use of their identity and unauthorised access to their data.

“In security, it is one area that will check malicious use of identity; unauthorised access to people’s data and information used for various things; build trust and improve the global perception of Nigerians” -Olatunji said.

Also, Dr Vincent Olatunji said at the launch that the NDP-SRAP and the training were essential to enable the commission to achieve its mandate of having a robust data protection sector. As part of the “Renewed Hope’’ agenda of President Bola Tinubu’s administration was to create about two million jobs in the digital economy sector.

“The NDP-SRAP comprises interlinked initiatives and activities like job, wealth creation, human capital development, revenue generation, foundational initiatives for the digital economy, and enhancing Nigeria’s global reputation. These activities are expected to create about 500,000 jobs, generate revenue of more than N125 billion and expand the sector within the lifespan of this roadmap” -Olatunji said.

He added that jobs in the data protection sector were not limited to any profession because the NDP-SRAP has more than 69 activities embedded in the five pillars.

According to him, public institutions, the private sector, civil society organisations, and the media have roles to play to ensure an effective action plan.