If you are a hotel, event centre, restaurants or any other establishment providing internet services to members of the public; there is a procedure you need to be aware of. The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has declared that only registered, verified and vetted providers would be allowed to provide public internet access in the country.
In a statement released over the weekend, the Director General of NITDA, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Patami explained that current and prospecting providers are required to register with the agency in line with the provisions of the 2019 Public Internet Access Regulation pursuant to Section 6 of the NITDA Act 2007 and must submit, on a bi-annual basis, completed compliance reporting forms in the manner prescribed by the agency.
“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 the rules are followed in the provisioning of this vital and strategic service.
“The agency commends operators who are currently providing this service 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.
The Public Internet Access (PIA) Registration form and the Public Internet Access Compliance forms are available on the Agency’s website: www.nitda.gov.ng.
The agency warns concerned operators that violation of the regulatory guidelines of NITDA is a criminal offence and punishable with a fine, imprisonment or both.