By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
The MD/CEO, Anambra State ICT Agency, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata, CFA, recently paid a courtesy visit to the National Commissioner/CEO of the Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC), Dr Vincent Olatunji, as part of the agency’s efforts to advance the State Government’s vision to ensure data privacy and protection for Anambrians.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of Anambra State ICT Agency noted that data was the new oil, because of its strategic importance to planning across critical spheres of the economy.
He said, having underscored this, Governor Chukwuma Soludo, had committed to accurate data sourcing and the protection of data, especially personal data, as an insurance that would enhance the prosperity of Anambra people in the short run, as well as ensure that in the long run, more businesses flourished in the state.
‘The visit is to explore possible avenues of collaboration that will yield in accurate data sourcing for the state which will in turn prove resourceful for the Commission in national planning.
‘The visit afforded the two organizations the opportunity to discuss areas of mutual cooperation between the state and the Commission.
‘Among the key areas of cooperation discussed at the meeting were Citizens’ Awareness, where both organizations are looking at raising public consciousness around Data Protection and ensuring Data privacy for citizens so as to reduce the scourge of hacking, identity theft and other ills that currently make online and offline presence a challenge in the country.
‘Both executives also discussed the importance of Capacity Building in order to get more people trained on data protection, as well as the need for public and private institutions in the state to engage the services of Data Protection Officers, DPOs, in compliance and monitoring in line with the provisions of the Act establishing the NDPC and the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation, NDPR.
‘Both organizations are also looking to create new job openings and employment opportunities in areas such as Data Protection Officers (DPOs), Compliance Officers, among others, as an initiative towards Youth Empowerment. This, they envisaged, will enable the youths to be better informed and empowered to setup innovative business around data protection and management,’ he concluded.
In his response, the NDPC National Commissioner, Dr Olatunji, promised to support Anambra State through the ICT Agency in its plan to make the state a technology-driven state.
Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of a copy of the Data Protection Act – 2023 to the MD/CEO of the Anambra ICT Agency by the NDPC National Commissioner, who was visibly excited to partner with the state.