President Buhari has made fresh appointment
Dr. Vincent Olatunji has been appointed as the National Commissioner/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau by President Muhammadu Buhari (NDPB).
Prof. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, had requested the approval.
Mrs. Uwa Suleiman, the Minister’s Spokesperson, stated this on Friday in Abuja in a statement.
She stated that the NDPB was created in accordance with international best practices and that it would focus on data protection and privacy for the country, among other things.
“The successful implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria has accelerated the datafication of our society by significantly increasing the adoption of data platforms.”
“Having an institution that focuses on data protection and privacy has become even more important,” she said.
She went on to say that the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), which is a subsidiary law to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Act 2007, has raised awareness about the importance of data protection and privacy.
She stated that the NDPB would be in charge of consolidating the gains made by the NDPR and assisting in the development of primary data protection and privacy legislation.
Olatunji has a PhD in Geography and Planning from the University of Lagos, as well as an Advance Diploma in Computer Science, according to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN).