The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has called for the exercise of authority and control over the mining and usage of data to increase data value and minimise data-related costs and risks.
NCC executive vice-chairman Umar Danbatta made the call in his keynote address at the Nigeria Digital Sense Forum organised by ITRealm in Lagos on Thursday.
Mr Danbatta said data is critical to the digital economy, and all must prioritise building robust legal frameworks for data governance.
According to him, as we embrace the transformative potential of 5G, we must also prioritise safety concerns.
He said the amount and speed of data generated using 5G technology was unprecedented. As such, the need to prioritise consumer privacy, transparency and ethical data use, stressing that “by cultivating trust and handling data responsibly, we can unlock the full potential of 5G technology and promote innovation in Nigeria.”
“We know Nigeria is a highly technology-driven country, and the advent of 5G technology has opened up immense opportunities and challenges, especially regarding data governance, safety, and security,” explained the NCC boss.
He added, “While 5G technology has enhanced capabilities that will provide superior communications services for the socio-economic development of Nigeria and facilitate the attainment of a National Digital Economy.”
According to him, we must consider the challenges that come with it, particularly in protecting user data privacy and safety.
Mr Danbatta said to ensure the security and protection of networks and consumers, the NCC Act mandates its licensees to prevent their network facilities or services from being used.
The president of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Adesina Shodiya, as the chairman of the occasion, said that all should ensure the safe use of the internet and technology.
Mr Shodiya said one must consider using it to enhance career, irrespective of the profession.