The National Commissioner/CEO of the National Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), Dr Vincent Olatunji has said that the identity of Nigerians must be protected as the country continues making progress in digital economy.
Dr Olatunji stated this at the National Validation Workshop on Data Protection Law held in Abuja.
He said after the establishment of the NDPB, President Muhammadu Buhari mandated the Bureau to ensure the enactment of legislation to guide the issue of data privacy and protection in Nigeria.
“We have laid a foundation for the digital economy in Nigeria, what we are already doing in this sector, and everything we do in the digital economy is all about identity and this identity must be protected and safeguarded.
“One of the major mandates given to us by the president is to ensure the enactment of principal legislation to guide the issue of data privacy and protection in Nigeria.
“What we are doing is to galvanize ideas to ensure that we involve all stakeholders to be part of this process so that it will get a smooth passage at the National Assembly and when it gets to the President for assent, we won’t get any issue”, he said.