The National Commissioner/CEO, Nigeria Data Protection Commission, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, has called for close attention to the critical issues of policies, human capital development, infrastructure and technology deployment, funding are and the imperative to enhance confidence and trust in the digitalization process.
Olatunji, who spoke while participating in the One Day Retreat on Digitalisation for Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries with the themed “Towards the Digitalisation of Public Service by 2025,” organized by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, optimism about the potential for a comprehensive digitization of the Nigerian civil service.
However, he underscored the importance of considering various critical factors in this transformative journey.
Olatunji elaborated on the legal and regulatory frameworks, highlighting the establishment of the Nigeria Data Protection Commission as a Data Protection authority operating under the Nigeria Data Protection Act (NDPA 2023).
He emphasized that Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), as major data controllers, are obligated to ensure data privacy and protection within their domains. This involves adhering to the Commission’s technical and regulatory measures, thereby contributing to the overall success of the digitalization initiative.
The Head of Civil Service, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan was the chief host and the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani was a guest speaker, along with other distinguished guests.