Nigeria: ALTON Condemns Regulatory Breaches By National IT Development Agency
16 August 2019
The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has condemned regulatory violations by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) which border on communications matters within the regulatory scope of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
In a letter addressed to the NCC, signed by Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, Chairman of ALTON, the association spoke on subsidiary frameworks and legislations issued by NITDA on Public Internet Access (PIA) 2019.
The said frameworks had set out rules for the provision of Public Internet Access disregarding the powers of the Commission.
Also, ALTON mentioned the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation 2019 guideline that was issued by NITDA as another violation.
The association said that it appeared as if NITDA had assumed the role of a Data Protection Agency in Nigeria and believed that its Regulation overrides the NCC’s existing provisions on data processing in the sector.
ALTON noted that the preceding developments brought to light the dreaded multiple Regulation which had been a recurring challenge for the local industry.
The association urged the NCC to intervene in the current issue with NITDA in order to safeguard the interest of market players and respect the powers of the Commission.