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Focus on Digital Rights: CITAD, ASF Partner with NCC, NDPC

The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) and Avocats-Sans-Frontières (ASF) visited the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Data Protection Commission (NDPC) on Tuesday.

The visit focused on two key projects: the e-Rights Project and the Community Network Project.

Mrs. Angela Uwandu, Country Director of ASF in Nigeria, stated that both ASF and CITAD emphasize the crucial importance of e-rights in today’s digital age, and collaborating with institutions like the NCC and NDPC allows them to advocate effectively for digital rights, ensuring privacy, freedom of expression, and equitable access to online resources for all Nigerians.

On her part, Abuja CITAD Program Officer Mrs. Yesmin Salako explained that CITAD believes in the power of community networks to bridge the digital divide and empower underserved communities.

“By working together with partners like NCC and NDPC, we can create sustainable solutions that bring affordable internet access to every corner of Nigeria, fostering economic growth and social development,” Yesmin stated.

While speaking, the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Aminu Maida, who was represented by the Director of public affairs and complaints commission, Mr. Reuben Mwoka, thanked the team for their visit and noted that NCC is interested in this collaboration.

He added that NCC in Nigeria has a complex role in digital rights, which includes regulating the telecom sector, potentially including aspects of data privacy and online safety, and balancing national security concerns with upholding citizens’ digital rights like free speech and privacy.

The National Commissioner/CEO, Nigeria Data Protection Commission, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, expressed his organization’s commitment to protecting the data of Nigerian citizens.

He said the commission is seeking collaboration to build capacity on data protection in all 36 states and 774 local government areas of Nigeria.

Dr. Olatunji also emphasized the crucial roles of advocacy and capacity building in empowering individuals, businesses, and policymakers to navigate the intricacies of data privacy and protection.

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