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Nigeria set to launch national privacy, digital awareness campaign to safeguard personal data

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The Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC), is set to introduce the pre-inaugural National Privacy and Digital Awareness Campaign as part of efforts
to empower citizens with necessary skills to protect their personal data.

The Campaign which will be led by the National Commissioner of the NDPC, Dr. Vincent Olatunji and the Nigerian Stakeholders for Data Protection Awareness (NSDPA), aims to educate Nigerian citizens, businesses, and organisations on the crucial importance of safeguarding personal data and privacy in the digital realm.

Holding on Thursday, March 21 in Lagos, the National Privacy Awareness Campaign will be replicated across all six geo-political zones of Nigeria, including: Kano, Maidiguri, Ibadan, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Sokoto, among others.

According to a statement by the Head, Media in the Commission, Itunu Dosekun, the campaign is not only to foster a secure digital environment but also to stimulate job opportunities across Nigeria.

Dosekun said through the campaign, Nigeria seeks to create a safer and more secure digital environment, while addressing critical issues in data protection.

The statement reads in part:

In a bid to uphold the principles outlined in the Nigeria Data Protection Act (NDPA), 2023, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, the National Commissioner/CEO of the Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC), is set to introduce the pre-inaugural National Privacy and Digital Awareness Campaign on Thursday, March 21 in Lagos.

Spearheaded by the Nigerian Stakeholders for Data Protection Awareness (NSDPA), this initiative aims to educate Nigerian citizens, businesses, and organizations about the crucial importance of safeguarding personal data and privacy in the digital realm.

By empowering thousands of Nigerians to contribute their creativity to the campaign, the NSDPA seeks to deepen the value proposition of the National Awareness Campaign while simultaneously addressing critical issues in data protection.

Comprising seasoned professionals from various sectors, the NSDPA is united in its mission to promote strategic awareness regarding data protection and privacy throughout Nigeria.
Recognizing the pivotal role of such awareness in nurturing a robust digital economy, the campaign aims to reach citizens across all six geo-political zones of Nigeria, including:
North West: Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Dutse, Birni Kebbi, Gusau
North East: Maiduguri, Yola, Gombe, Jalingo, Bauchi, Damaturu
North Central: Jos, Makurdi, Lafia, Ilorin, Minna
South West: Lagos, Ibadan, Ogun, Akure, Ado-Ekiti, Oshogbo
South East: Enugu, Owerri, Abakaliki, Awka, Umuahia
South South: Port Harcourt, Calabar, Uyo, Yenagoa, Benin, Asaba
The National Privacy and Digital Awareness Campaign, set to utilize extensive media resources, is a collaborative effort between the NSDPA and the NDPC. Its overarching aim is to assist the NDPC in achieving its strategic mandate of fostering a National Culture of Data Protection Awareness, aligning with the provisions outlined in the Nigeria Data Protection Act.

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