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FG Empowers Information Institute to Certify Data Protection Professionals

The Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) has officially licensed the Institute of Information Management (IIM) to administer exams and certify future data protection professionals in Nigeria.

NDPC National Commissioner/CEO, Vincent Olatunji, while handing over the certificate to the institute in Abuja on Monday, said that the move aims to address the significant capacity shortfall of over 500,000 professionals in the data protection field and reduce the expenses associated with obtaining certification overseas.

Olatunji added that the initiative will help to generate more jobs in the country and prevent capital flight.

He said: “When we started in 2021 by advertising, four organisations applied within the organisation. We invited them for presentations, and we are choosing the best. They have gone through a lot of technical sessions with us, evaluating the platform that they are going to use, discussing with their staff on the process, just to ensure that we have the best for the country.”

“What the country stands to gain from this process is the fact that we are promoting executive order articles 003 and 005 to promote local content in Nigeria.”

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