NDPB, NHIA To Partner On Data Protection, Privacy

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L-R: The national commissioner, Nigeria Data Protection Bureau, Dr. Vincent Olatunji and the director-general, National Health Insurance Authority, Prof. Mohammed Sambo when the commissioner paid him a courtesy call in his office in Abuja.

The Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) said it is set to partner with the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) on data protection and privacy for efficient service delivery.

The NDPB national commissioner, Dr. Vincent Olatunji made this known when he led his team on a courtesy visit to the NHIA director-general, Prof. Mohammed Sambo at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja. 

The visit, which is in line with the data protection and privacy awareness drive of the NDPB in sensitising public sector organisations explored the immense potential of data governance, particularly in the health sector. 

Noting that the new NHIA data centre will serve as a platform for data processing on a large scale, the NHIA boss expressed deep optimism in the value that NDPB brings to the table, particularly as regards public trust and confidence in their data processing activities. 

Both organisations agreed to collaborate, given the importance of the work and mandates of both agencies. Accordingly, a joint working committee was set up to draft a memorandum of understanding (MoU) guide the collaboration going forward. 

The NDPB was set up in February 2002 by President Muhammadu Buhari as the nation’s data protection authority and to fully implement the provisions of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) issued in 2019. The NHIA, formerly NHIS, was established in 2004 to provide easy access to healthcare for all Nigerians.

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