Terror-linked Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has sponsored the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and a few National Assembly members to Turkey in a bid to bribe them to get his controversial invoice which can destroy ICT startups to scale by way of.
SaharaReporters had earlier reported how Pantami bribed prime officers of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) with the international journey to purchase their assist for the controversial invoice.
It was learnt that Malami was additionally on the journey to Turkey as a part of strikes by Pantami to bribe his approach by way of for the invoice to be handed.
Malami whereas in Turkey additionally visited the hospital for the remedy of an undisclosed ailment.
“The Attorney General of the Federation, Malami was also on the trip, he even used the opportunity to seek medical treatment in Turkey. Some members of the National Assembly were also sponsored by Pantami to Turkey.
“The chairmen and members of both Senate and House of Representatives’ Committees on Information Communication Technology and Cybercrime were in Turkey last two months,” a supply advised SaharaReporters.
The new invoice for which Pantami is lobbying Malami and National Assembly members is focused at repealing the National Information Technology Development Agency Act, no 28 2007.
SaharaReporters obtained a duplicate of the invoice titled ‘A bill for an Act to repeal the National Information Technology Development Agency Act, no 28 2007 and enact the National Information Technology Development Agency Act to provide for the administration, implementation, regulation of information technology systems and practices as well as digital economy in Nigeria and for related matters’.
The invoice, in keeping with sources, seeks to repress (regulate) the knowledge expertise sector because it highlights weighty penalties for offenders starting from N3 million for particular person offenders to N30 million for company offenders.
Section 20 of the invoice below Licensing And Authorisations explicitly spells out the requirement for licences, registrations, and authorisations for operators on this sector.
It learn, “The Agency shall by Regulation issue licenses and authorisations for operators in the information technology and digital economy sector, and such regulation shall provide for licensing and authorisation criteria including renewal, suspension, and revocation conditions to promote free-market operation and competition, among others.”
Subsection 2 states, “The Agency shall determine and register operators in the information technology and digital economy sector. Such register shall be published.
”Any particular person or physique company who operates an info expertise or digital financial system service, product, or platform opposite to the provisions of this Act, commits an offence.”
Section 21 lists the courses of licences and authorisations to incorporate: Product License, Service Provider License, and Platform Provider License.
The invoice states a N3 million to N30 million fantastic for offenders over “non-payment upon expiration of a demand notice of an assessed levy within 2 months by a corporate body… Where a person or body corporate fails to comply with the regulations, standards, guidelines, frameworks, circulars, directives or any subsidiary legislation issued by the Agency in the discharge of its duties under this Act…”
It provides, “Where a person or body corporate attempts to or denies any person authorised by the Agency or by law, entry into premises or access to records or data, in pursuance of the provisions of this Act, such a person or body corporate commits an offence and is liable on conviction: (a) in the case of an individual, to a fine of not less than N3,000,000.00 or imprisonment for a term of not less than 1 year or both; and (b) in the case of a body corporate, to a fine of not less than N30,000,000.00 and in addition, every director and principal officer of such body corporate shall individually be liable to not less than N3,000,000.00 or imprisonment for a term of not less than 2 years or both.”
The invoice additionally states in subsection 4: “Where a person or body corporate imports or deploys the usage of any information technology equipment that has been designated by the Agency as requiring approval before importation or deployment, without first obtaining such approval or complying with the conditions imposed by the Agency for the importation and usage of the equipment, the person or body corporate commits an offence and is liable on conviction…”
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The new invoice, when signed into legislation, will shield the company and workers from authorized fits.
Section 28 of the invoice titled ‘Limitation of suits against the Agency’ reads, “Subject to this Act, the Public Officers Protection Act shall apply in relation to any suit instituted against any member, officer, or employee of the Agency.
”Notwithstanding something in another legislation, no swimsuit towards the Agency, a member of the Board, the Director-General of the Agency or another officer or worker of the Agency for any act performed in pursuance or execution of this Act or another legislation, or of any public obligation or authority or concerning any alleged neglect or default within the execution of this Act or another legislation, obligation or authority, shall lie or be instituted in any court docket until it’s commenced: (a) inside three months after the act, neglect or default complained of; or (b) within the case of a continuation of harm or harm, inside six months after the ceasing of such harm or harm.
“No suit shall be commenced against the Agency, a member of the Board, the Director-General of the Agency, or any other employee of the Agency before the expiration of a period of one month after written notice of the intention to commence the suit shall have been served on the Agency by the intending plaintiff or his or her agent.
”The discover referred to in subsection (3) of this part shall clearly state the: (a) explanation for motion; (b) particulars of the declare; (c) identify and deal with of the intending plaintiff; and (d) aid claimed.