Buhari approves creation of new agency, Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB)

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), a new federal agency.
Prof Isa Ali Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, had requested that the approval be granted.
In accordance with worldwide best practice, the NDPB will focus on data protection and privacy for the country, among other things.
Pantami further said the successful implementation of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a Digital Nigeria has significantly increased the adoption of data platforms and accelerated the ‘datafication’ of the country.
He said; “This has increased the importance of having an institution that focuses on data protection and privacy.“
The Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), which is a subsidiary law to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Act 2007, was published in January 2019 and has raised awareness about the importance of data protection and privacy.
“The Bureau will be responsible for consolidating the gains of the NDPR and supporting the process for the development of a primary legislation for data protection and privacy.”
Dr. Vincent Olatunji has also been appointed as the National Commissioner/Chief Executive Officer of the Bureau.
Until his recent appointment, Dr. Olatunji who is from Ekiti state was the Director of the Government Development and Regulations Department at NITDA.
His new appointment takes effect immediately.