The Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) has emphasized the need to learn digital skills in the Data protection sector, in order to keep up with world emerging technologies .
The National Commissioner of NDPB, Dr Vincent Olatunji who made this known at a one-day capacity building workshop for NITRA memebers on Data Protection and Privacy in Abuja, said the data protection ecosystem has created over 9,000 jobs in the last two years.
Olatunji however expressed concern over the low number of certified Data Protection Officers available in Nigeria, adding that the sector could create millions of direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians.
“In Nigeria as of today, those of us who are certified as data protection officers, we are not up to 3000. You can see the gap. Where we have over 500,000 data processors and controllers and each of them is supposed to have a DPO.
“Whereas, the number of certified DPOs in Nigeria are not up to 10,000. So we have a gap of about 490,000, jobs waiting for people”, the Commissioner noted.
Admitting that it was necessary to bridge the huge gap that existed in the data protection ecosystem, he called on the media to create more awareness about the opportunities inherent in digital economy.
“I challenge you too, don’t rely on what you are doing alone. An average human being should have multiple sources of income to sustain ourselves.
“Who says you can’t become a DPO? You can key into it. No educational background required. If you study History, Arabic Studies it Bible Studies, you can become a DPO.
“As long as you can read and write. You understand what it is about. It is not a big deal.
“So this is a completely new sector that will create jobs, that will create worth for the country. Part of the target of the digital economy sector is to create two million jobs in 24 months. You can now imagine if the data privacy system alone already has about 490,000 jobs waiting”,he said.
Also speaking, the Lead, Strategy, Partnerships and Communications of the NDPB, Mrs Leena Abba, gave highlights on the meaning of Data Privacy, which she noted meant information autonomy.
Mrs Abba stressed that data protection was important to reduce incidences of crime, ensure personal security and enhance customer retention in terms of business engagement.
For his part, the Head of Legal Enforcement NDPB, Barister Babatunde Bamigboye, harped on the need for adequate ethical measures to be in place regarding data management solutions.
He added that it was important to ensure that the general public was informed about the issue of data privacy and management.
According to him it was “a threshold issue in terms of ICT and the right techniques and information must be put in place in terns of data privacy.
He urged NITRA members to play a great role in informing the public about the issue of data.
The training was part of the bureau’s stakeholders’ engagement to create awareness on data protection solutions