SGF Backs NDPB, Encourages Nigeria To Stop The Threat Of Data Breaches
Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has emphasized the need for the nation to reduce the threat of data breaches.
Mustapha made this statement while Dr. Vincent Olatunji, the National Commissioner of the Nigerian Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), was leading some Bureau employees to his office in Abuja.
The SGF expressed his gratitude for the National Commissioner’s visit and reaffirmed the necessity to establish the Bureau in accordance with international best practice. He pointed out that Nigeria is quickly transforming into a data-driven society, necessitating the need to reduce the threat of data breaches.
He said, “Data theft is one of the most thriving businesses in the world. Everywhere you go, every country is putting measures in place so that data of its citizens are protected because accessibility to people’s data, unauthorised ones, would invariably allow anybody doing that to take absolute control over the people’s lives, from their financial transactions to their health records, to their access to certain information which can be manipulated.
“I am glad that we are starting well, by laying the foundation that is required, which is having an institution by way of the Bureau,” he stated.
He further informed the NDPB of the federal government’s commitment to setting up the necessary legislative framework in order to ensure that the Bureau can fulfill its statutory tasks.
The SGF guaranteed that the Federal Government would do everything within its power to support the Bureau by ensuring that the necessary legal framework and service-wide circulars were developed.
In his words: “I have listened to you and I have seen the prospects of the Bureau. I would want to assure you that if there is anything I can do to ensure that the necessary legislation is put in place as quickly as possible, I’m ready to do it. Because you are operating with regulation that was put up earlier, but you need a legislative framework that would strengthen your hands, even your surveillance over organisations that are supposed to process data – your ability to impose fines and penalties in cases of infractions.
“I want to thank you for this visit and to assure you that the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation is willing to be one of your strongest advocates. And if need be, at the appropriate moment, you can work along with the Permanent Secretary, General Services Office so that you can craft a service wide circular to ensure compliance by the MDAs.”