Africa: Nigerians buy 788,295 Locally made Computers in 5 years

Original Equipment Manufacturers sold 788,295 computer systems in five years, the National Information Technology Development Agency has said.
Director-General of NITDA, Dr Isa Ibrahim, said this at a press conference in Abuja on Friday at the presentation of five regulatorhttp://atqnews.comy guidelines churned out by the IT development agency.

He said the period under review covered between 2013 and 2017.
Ibrahim said that the number of the systems sold by OEMs in the country increased in 2016 and 2017 because of the local content development which the agency had focused on in accordance with the directive of the government.

He said, “These efforts resulted in an exceptional increase in the patronage of locally-assembled devices. Records have shown that in 2015, indigenous Original Equipment Manufacturers sold 98, 224 devices in 2015; 154,424 in 2016; and 355,647 in 2017.

“This is unprecedented in the history of the country and this is expected to continue to grow significantly in the coming years.”
In 2013 and 2014, he added, the indigenous OEMs sold 82,000 and 98,000 systems respectively.

One of rules presented by NITDA was the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation 2019 which sought to safeguard the rights of natural persons to data privacy and to foster safe conduct of transactions involving the exchange of personal data.

The rule imposed different responsibilities on different persons and institutions in the protection of personal data.

The document said, “Anyone involved in data processing or the control of data shall develop security measures to protect data; such measures include but not limited to protecting systems from hackers, setting up firewalls, storing data securely with access to specific authorised individuals.

“Data processing by a third party shall be governed by a written contract between the third party and the data controller. Accordingly, any person engaging a third party to process the data obtained from data subjects shall ensure adherence to this regulation.”

Everest Amaefule


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