IIM gets licence to certify data professionals

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

Dr. Vincent Olatunji, NDPC’s National Commissioner/CEO, highlighted the rigorous evaluation process that begun since 2021, noting that the IIM as the standout institution that has gone through a rigorous process of bid evaluation, Data Protection Impact Assessment of the certification platform and several technical sessions between the officials of NDPC and IIM.

Dr Olatunji revealed that the National Certification Process aims to grow the local data protection industry through the development of a pool of globally competitive human capital, reduce pressure on the Naira for international certifications, aid other African countries in certification, create jobs for DPCOs and encourage Foreign Direct Investments. He noted that the initiative is part of the efforts of creating over 500,000 jobs in the Nigeria Data Protection ecosystem. He also made it clear that the process would be closely monitored by NDPC to ensure quality of service, international competitiveness, and global standard of the process.

Amb. (Dr) Ayodeji Oyedokun Oyewole, President of the IIM, commended the NDPC for their professionalism, credibility, and rigorous process of the license, which has prepared IIM for the task ahead. He assured the public that topmost priority would be accorded the process to ensure security and integrity as well as guarantee trust and confidence.

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