The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said it trained a total of 5,746 Nigerians on Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) in 2021.
NITDA while commending Lagos State University for developing data privacy into a full-fledged course for students, he said other academic institutions are also putting in place various mechanisms to entrench Data Protection in their curricula.
Addressing journalists ahead of National Privacy Week 2022, the Director-General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa, said Nigeria has licensed 103 Data Protection Compliance Organisations (DPCOs), which created approximately 7,680 jobs.
“In 2021, we carried out training programmes on NDPR in 52 secondary schools across Nigeria. The various capacity building initiatives culminated in the training of a total number of about 5,746 Nigerian.
“We are particularly excited by the fact that Lagos State University has developed data privacy into a full-fledged course for students while other academic institutions are also putting in place various mechanisms to entrench Data Protection in their curricula.
“It is encouraging to note that we now have 103 DPCOs and we have created approximately 7,680 jobs for Nigerians in this regard. At the same time, the sum of N4,080,000,000 has been reported as the estimated value of the Data Protection Industry. Part of our vigilance measures is to monitor DPCOs and data controllers closely,” he said.