NITDA wants hotel guests, others registered for Internet service
The National Information Technology Development Agency has warned hotels to desist from providing Internet services to guests without proper registration with the agency.
In a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Friday, the Director General of NITDA, Dr Isa Ibrahim, said restaurants, event management centres and service providers could not provide internet services to members of the public without following the due process laid down by the agency.
According to Ibrahim, failure to follow the laiddown guidelines in the provision of public Internet access can compromise national security as well as impede the development of the information technology sector.
he, therefore, warned that it was set to enforce compliance with the Public Internet Access Regulation, issued pursuant to Section 6 of the NITDA Act 2007.
The PIA Regulation is a regulatory framework for the provision of Internet services in public areas or locations where members of the public have unfettered access.
It provides minimum requirements and processes for provisioning of the public Internet access service and mandates compliance reporting to ensure rules are followed in provisioning of this vital and strategic service.
The statement said in part, “The agency commends operators who are currently providing this service (Internet) across Nigeria as the service increases the use of Internet and information technology for development of Nigeria.
“It is, however, pertinent to note that this service can be misused with great detriment to development of information technology and national security, in a manner that may be injurious to the citizens.
“The Federal Government is also concerned about the management and use of the personal information of Nigerians.
“It is on these considerations that all service providers of public Internet service such as IT companies, restaurants, hotels and event centres are directed to comply with the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation of the NITDA 2019, issued pursuant to Section 6 of the NITDA 2007.”
Ibrahim added, “henceforth, only registered, verified and vetted providers can provide public Internet access service in Nigeria.
“Current and prospective providers are, therefore, required to register with the agency in line with the provisions of the Public Internet Access Regulation 2019 and must submit, on a bi-annual basis, completed compliance reporting forms in the manner prescribed by NITDA.
“The Public Internet Access Registration form and the Public Internet Access Compliance forms are available on the agency’s website: www.nitda.gov. ng.”
The agency warned concerned operators that violation of the regulatory guidelines of NITDA was a criminal offence and punishable with a fine, imprisonment or both.
It also urged members of the public and operators of public Internet access service to comply promptly with the regulation.