Data Breach: Erring Partners, Agents To Face Regulatory Sanctions

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In light of the disagreements in the National Assembly on the subject matter, NEF called for a collaborative and inclusive approach to decision-making that considers all stakeholders’ diverse perspectives and concerns.”
Meanwhile, NEF said the federal and state governments should immediately identify suitable lands across the country and create grazing reserves and cattle routes, and where resistance is shown, to expropriate such land as may be required for the purpose through resort to extant provisions of the Land Use Act and other related laws.
“We propose the proclamation of a National Policy on Grazing and Livestock Development (NPGLD) to cater for the needs of all the pastoral communities everywhere in the country.
“We call for the immediate proclamation of a Special Intervention Initiative through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Ministries of Finance, National Planning, Agriculture and Water Resources, for supporting special livestock development policies and the establishment of special funds to support pastoral communities along the lines of the Anchor Borrowers Programme and other types of Federal Government interventions“.
NEF further called for the immediate establishment of a National Pastoralist Commission (NPC) to act on all matters affecting the well-being and interests of all citizens whose livelihoods depend on livestock rearing.
NEF noted that successive governments have found it expeditious to establish structures like OMPADEC, NDDC, Ministry of Niger Delta, the Amnesty Programme, etc aimed at resolving a specific set of challenges affecting specific communities in the South, stressing that, „there is, therefore, no justification whatsoever to resist or even question the creation of special initiatives to address the needs of herdsmen if these will lead to lasting peace and stability“.
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has threatened to sanction erring Licensed Verification Agents, Front End Partners (FEPs), and Diaspora FEPs over data breach.
To this end, it has directed all these players to undergo rigorous security vetting to ensure adherence to global best practices in identity management.
NIMC, in a statement, at the weekend, also disclosed that law enforcement authorities have been authorised to crack down on and apprehend individuals involved in online phishing schemes targeting citizens’ data from other sources.
In addition, the commission has temporarily suspended the bypass enrollment process to prevent abuse and rectify any irregularities, even as it stated that it will communicate with the public regarding the resumption of the bypass process later.
In a press statement signed by head, corporate communications, NIMC, Kayode Adegoke, the commission reaffirms its commitment to providing secure identity services and protecting the Citizens’ data per its mandate as Nigeria’s foundational identity provider.
In pursuit of this goal, the commission said, it has implemented enhanced measures to safeguard the information stored in its National Identity Database.
These actions, he said, align with the commitment outlined by the director-general/CEO, Engr Abisoye Coker-Odusote, upon assuming office in August 2023, who emphasised that, the NIMC collaborates relevant security agencies to uphold the utmost data security standards and regulatory compliance.
“As part of these new security protocols, all Licensed Verification Agents, Front End Partners (FEPs), and Diaspora FEPs will undergo rigorous security vetting to ensure adherence to global best practices in identity management. Any FEPs in violation will face sanctions by established regulations and the nation’s laws,” the commission asserted.
Furthermore, NIMC affirmed that, law enforcement authorities have been authorized to crack down on and apprehend individuals involved in online phishing schemes targeting citizens’ data from other sources.
The commission, he said, has received numerous reports regarding fraudulent online platforms compelling Nigerians to submit their personal information for National Identification Number (NIN) modification or enrollment services, noting that! perpetrators of these illegal activities will be apprehended and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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