President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Wednesday signed the Nigeria Data Protection Bill, 2023, into law. It is the second bill the President has assented to since his Inauguration. On June 12, 2023, the President signed the Student Loan (Access to Higher Education) Bill into law. The Nigeria Data Protection Act 2023 provides a legal framework
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Wednesday signed the Nigeria Data Protection Bill, 2023, into law. It is the second bill the President has assented to since his Inauguration. On June 12, 2023, the President signed the Student Loan (Access to Higher Education) Bill into law.
The Nigeria Data Protection Act 2023 provides a legal framework for protecting personal information and the practice of data protection in Nigeria. It makes provision for the establishment of a Commission which will be led by a National Commissioner responsible for regulating the processing of personal information.
Now an Act, the new law establishes the Nigeria Data Protection Commission and replaces the NDPB established by former President Buhari in February 2022.
Mr. Vincent Olatunji, the national commissioner, Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), confirmed this at the NDPD Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan(SRAP) validation workshop in Abuja.
The bill was sent to the Senate and House of Representatives for consideration and passage on Tuesday, 4th April, via a letter from former President Muhammadu Buhari.
Gbajabiamila Bows Out from House of Reps
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila on Wednesday resigned from the 10th Assembly to take up a new position as the Chief of Staff to President Bola Tinubu. The Office of the Chief of Staff is responsible for directing, managing and overseeing all policy development, daily operations, and staff activities for the President.
It also coordinates and communicates with all departments and agencies of the Administration.
Hon. Gbajabiamila’s letter of resignation was read by the Speaker, Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, on Wednesday, during plenary and subsequently declared his seat, Surulere I Federal Constituency, vacant in line with section 68 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
Section 68 of the 1999 constitution provides that a “Member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if – “He becomes President, Vice-President, Governor, Deputy Governor or a Minister of the Government of the Federation or a Commissioner of the Government of a State or a Special Adviser.”
President Tinubu announced the appointment of Mr Gbajabiamila as the chief of staff on 2 June this year, however, the letter was dated 14 June.
Hon. Gbajabiamila was sworn in alongside 358 other members-elect on Tuesday for his sixth term. He also voted during the election of his successor.
The former speaker was first elected to the lower chamber in 2003 and has been its member for 20 years until his appointment.
Shortly before his resignation letter was read, Hon. Gbajabiamila moved a motion on flooding in Nigeria.
The motion called for urgent intervention by the federal government to mitigate flooding in Nigeria.