Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Domain name: NITDA to sanction MDAs, others

The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, has warned data centres and cloud service providers in the country to desist from hosting government data abroad or risk facing sanctions.

Director General of NITDA, Dr Isa Ibrahim, advised ministries, departments and agencies to seek the agency’s approval where it is difficult to repatriate any government data already abroad in order to avoid sanction.

Ibrahim, in a statement expressed gratitude that some government data including the Treasure Single Account that was previously hosted abroad had now been brought back but added that MDAs and contractors still hosting government data abroad should bring them home.

“The agency notes that prior to the operation and full implementation of the Regulatory Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT, a sizeable component of government data was hosted outside Nigeria.

“The situation has now changed as NITDA’s compliance monitoring activity revealed that substantial data assets of the Federal Government are already hosted in Nigeria.

“These include the Government Integrated and Financial Management Information System, Integrated Tax System, Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, and more recently the Treasury Single Account.”

He noted that “a small fraction of government data is still hosted outside Nigeria without the approval of the agency. We understand that for some federal public institutions, consideration of cost and other technicalities may have affected the full repatriation of government data.

“In these cases, NITDA is to be notified promptly as the government has set measures in place to commence sanctioning of violators in line with the provisions of the NITDA Act 2007 and the other relevant laws in Nigeria.

“It should be noted that the government considers the data of the government as national resources which must be stored in Nigeria and analysed within existing regulations for the improvement of governance and development of the country.

“Consequently, data centres and cloud service providers operating in Nigeria are hereby advised to comply with requirements of information security management, global best practices, standards and NITDA’s directives on quality customer service.”



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