The Nigeria Communications Commission, also known as the NCC, has advocated for the authority to be exercised in addition to control over the mining and consumption of data in order to boost the value of data and reduce the costs and hazards associated with data.
According to NAN, the request was made by the Executive Vice-Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, during his keynote talk at the Nigeria Digital Sense Forum, which was organized by ITRealm and held in Lagos on Thursday.
“5G: Data Governance, Safety and Security in Nigeria” was the topic that was discussed at the forum.
Dr. Chukwudi Diugu, Head of New Media and Information Security at the NCC, acted as Danbatta’s representative during the meeting.
According to the EVC, data is an indispensable component of the digital economy, and the development of solid legal frameworks for data governance should be everyone’s top priority.
In his words, “as we embrace the transformative potential of 5G, we must also make safety concerns a priority.”
“We will be able to unleash the full potential of 5G technology and encourage innovation in Nigeria if we foster an environment of trust and handle data in a responsible manner.
“We are aware that Nigeria is a highly technologically driven country, and the introduction of 5G technology has opened up enormous opportunities and challenges, in particular with regard to the data governance, safety, and security.”
He claimed that “5G technology has enhanced capabilities that will provide superior communications services for the socio-economic development of Nigeria and facilitate attainment of a National Digital Economy.” “5G technology has enhanced capabilities that will provide superior communications services for the socio-economic development of Nigeria.”
“We must take into consideration the challenges that come with it, particularly in protecting the privacy and safety of user data,” he said.
According to Danbatta, the NCC Act stipulates that its licensees prohibit their network facilities or services from being used. This is done to safeguard the safety and protection of the networks as well as the consumers who use them.
According to the EVC, the legislation barred licensees’ networks from being utilized in the commission of any offense under any law in operation in Nigeria, or in relation to the commission of any such offense.
In this regard, he stated that licensees were obligated to assist the Commission as well as other law enforcement agencies in Nigeria in their efforts to prevent criminality.
During the rollout of the 5G technology, the National Communications Commission (NCC) is committed to establishing a culture of safety and security, according to Danbatta.
His explanation was that “it is achieved through ethical data governance practices, robust security measures, and regulatory frameworks.”
According to him, a common commitment to data governance, safety, and security was also necessary for the successful introduction of 5G technology.
According to the EVC, in order to construct a digital ecosystem that is safer, more secure, and more welcoming to all users, all parties involved, including the government, regulators, operators, service providers, and individual users, must work together to establish a safe and sustainable environment in which this technology can thrive.
Prof. Adesina Shodiya, President of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), served as the Chairman of the event, and he recommended that everyone make an effort to use the internet and technology in a responsible manner.
Shodiya advised everyone, regardless of the line of work they were in, to consider how they could leverage it to advance their careers.
However, he emphasized that no system was completely safe from attacks and that it was essential to exercise caution when utilizing technology and the internet.
The Chief Executive Officer of Wisdom Computers, Mr. Francis Uzor, underlined the roles of citizens in his presentation titled “5G Open Access and Role of Citizens.”
Uzor highlighted a number of different tasks of citizens, including advocacy, active digital citizenship, monitoring and accountability, and digital inclusion, amongst others.
During his welcome address, the Lead Consulting Strategist for Digital Sense Africa, Mr. Remmy Nweke, stated that the forum, which was currently in its 14th edition, has continued to serve as an annual gathering place for stakeholders in the internet.
According to Nweke, the many stakeholders in the country got together to talk about the problems surrounding internet governance, as well as security and the socioeconomic consequences of using the internet, and to suggest potential solutions to those problems.
He stated that the focus was on students, young people, women, and organizations that were established in the neighborhood.