‘FG needs to enforce data domiciliation policy’


An Information and Communications Technology expert, James Ahilari, on Monday said that majority of the content accessed in Africa by local users was hosted overseas.

He said that similar to emails, which make a circuitous journey outside the continent, usually to Europe, America or even Asia and back, “African content is not really delivered from Africa.”

According to him, due to infrastructure and cost reasons, content owners in Africa have traditionally hosted their content outside the shores of the continent.

Ahilari said, “This creates several challenges: the process of routing traffic outside the continent costs more as Internet service providers face higher transit costs to deliver the content to local users by shipping from offshore.

“It also delays content delivery to the region, further compromising the user experience. A study commissioned by the Internet Society in Rwanda discovered that a local content developer achieved a savings of only $111 per annum on hosting overseas, but this cost Rwandan Internet Service Providers about $13,500 in transit costs to deliver the content to local users.

He added. “Discussions around data residency and data sovereignty have soared recently, with the Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency making a bold pronouncement on Nigerian content hosted within the country.”

He said that such regulations were popular globally, noting that they were originally triggered by the dominance of United States companies on the Internet and the Patriot Act, amplified by the Snowden allegations.

Ahilari explained, “More recently, corporate and national anti-competitive practices aimed at gaining industrial or other competitive advantages such as cyber-attacks and data sniffing, data hostage and bad debt have further escalated the need to protect data as a national asset.

“Several countries have quickly implemented national residency, localisation or domiciliation laws to enforce the retention of data in the country of origination with most European countries, Russia, China, Malaysia and Indonesia enacting Data Domiciliation regulations.”

The ICT expert further said, “Brazil and Vietnam insist on a local copy of all data involving nationals even as the Australian government has imposed restraints on health data leaving the country. These governments have cited foreign surveillance and increasing cyber security threats as an argument for data residency and localisation.

“Unfortunately, Africa has not been proactive in terms of data domiciliation as other climes. Though some countries in Africa have data protection legislative bills in place, enforcement of local laws has been a problem over the years.

“Perhaps the dearth of data centres on the continent made such enforcement difficult. With the emergence of indigenous Data Centers within the country in recent years including Galaxy Backbone, MainOne and Rack Center with more to come, Nigeria has no excuse not to enforce data residency laws for Nigerian data.”

He said, “With full enforcement, the impact of local data centers, locally-hosted content and the investment in the Internet Exchange Point of Nigeria on Internet experience in Nigeria will be enormous.

By their presence in-country, these local data centres guarantee lower bandwidth costs, quicker access to content providers and carriers, local peering and lower latency for local markets.

“The recent effort at entrenching data residency by the IT regulatory agency, the National Information Technology Development Agency, which made local hosting of government websites a mandatory requirement, is therefore commendable but it needs to be enforced.”

He also said, “While this is a good start for Nigeria, there are obvious opportunities that the regulator should be going after. The homegrown digital payment platform adopted by the Federal Government for its Treasury Single Account policy is hosted outside the country.

“As at December 2016, the software had helped the government recover N4.3tn of its cash assets idling in the Deposit Money Banks. It also processes $30bn transactions annually and serves 500+ microfinance banks and 1000+ merchants, billers, multinationals, Small and Medium Enterprises and governments at various levels.”

Ahilari added, “Likewise, the immigration service hosts its database for passport registration outside the country. These databases contain critical information about too many Nigerians to reside in foreign data centres.l

“Hosting such critical data outside the country is extremely dangerous. It is time to commence enforcement of data protection and privacy legislations to ensure that beyond websites, critical Nigerian data across pivotal sectors as finance, oil and gas, healthcare, and government agencies reside in Nigeria.”


  1. Hello there! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an established blog. Is it hard to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about making my own but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Thanks

  2. I’m seriously loving the theme/design of your blog. Do you encounter any kind of internet browser interface situations? Quite a few of the site readers have complained concerning my mobdro for pc website not working the right way in Explorer yet looks great in Opera. Do you have any kind of solutions to assist repair the situation?

  3. There are terrific improvements on the style of your page, I really love that. My website is dealing with omega xl reviews and now there are plenty of stuff to be done, I’m still a novice in internet site design. Thanks!

  4. I’m really intrigued to understand what website platform you have been using? I’m experiencing some slight safety difficulties with the latest website related to Arvind Pandit Kansas so I would love to find one thing much more safe. Do you have any recommendations?

  5. There are certainly awesome changes on the style of the blog, I definitely enjoy this! My own is regarding lucky patcher for iphone and presently there are lots of stuff to be done, I’m still a novice in web design. Be careful!

  6. Thank you so much for the amazing article! I quite liked finding out about it.I will remember to take note of the page and will return in the future. I would really like to suggest you to keep going with the wonderful posts, maybe discuss best wireless intercom also, have a fantastic evening!

  7. I am extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one today..

  8. I am really interested to discover which website platform you are working with? I am having some slight security difficulties with our most recent site about firestarter app download and I’d like to find something far more secure. Have any alternatives?

  9. I was talking to a buddy of my own about this and even regarding active instagram followers too. I feel you made a lot of good points on this page, we’re also looking forward to read more stuff from you.

  10. Our LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) HGV training is based in East London, and our LGV/ HGV courses are taught by qualified DVSA LGV & HGV trainers. LGV was formerly known as HGV, where it used to be referred to as HGV Class 2 (now called LGV Category C) and HGV class 1 (Now called LGV Category C+E).

  11. Hey there I am truly excited I found out your blog, I really encountered you by error, while I was searching on Google for movies online. Anyways I am here now and would really like to say thank you for a marvelous article and the all-round fun site (I furthermore like the theme), I don’t have time to go through it entirely at the moment however I have saved it and also added the RSS feed, so whenever I have sufficient time I’ll be back to read a lot more. Please do keep up the amazing job.

  12. Howdy! This is my first reply here so I really wanted to say a quick shout out and tell you I really enjoy reading through your posts. Can you recommend other sites which cover car wreck lawyer? I’m also very hooked on that! Thanks!

  13. Hello there. I just saw this amazing site and I really love it. I also like to talk about pokemon app from time to time. Great to be around, bless you!

  14. Appreciating the time and energy you put into this website and detailed info you offer. It is awesome to find a blogging site once in a while that is not the same obsolete re-written material. Excellent read! I have bookmarked your webpage and I am adding your RSS feeds to my own freight services web page.

  15. I personally arrived right here via another website on global shipping and considered I should check this out. I adore the things I see therefore now I am following you. Getting excited about going over the website yet again.

  16. You are entirely correct. I really liked looking through this article and I will certainly get back for more as quickly as possible. Our website is on the subject of online movies, you might take a look if you are still interested in this.

  17. I’m actually loving the theme of your information site. Do you ever encounter any web browser compatibility issues? A lot of my own blog visitors have complained regarding my tooth implant website not working correctly in Explorer but looks amazing in Opera. Are there any kind of suggestions to aid repair that matter?

  18. Hey there I am really excited I discovered your blog, I actually discovered you by mistake, when I was researching on Google for free movie sites. Anyhow I’m here now and would just love to say kudos for a tremendous article and the overall entertaining blog (I also adore the theme/design), I don’t have enough time to read it entirely at the minute however I have saved it and also added your RSS feeds, so once I have enough time I will be back to browse much more. Make sure you do maintain the fantastic work.

  19. My partner and I certainly enjoy your website and find many of the blog posts to be just what I’m searching for. Would you offer people to write information for you? I wouldn’t mind writing a story about how to watch free movies or on some of the things you’re posting about here. Awesome blog!

  20. My partner and I totally like your blog and find most of the posts to be precisely what I’m seeking. Would you offer people to post articles for you? I wouldn’t mind producing an article about free films to watch or maybe on most of the topics you write about on this website. Nice site!

  21. obviously like your web-site but you need to check the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it very troublesome to tell the reality on the other hand I’ll certainly come again again.

  22. Hello would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re working with? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you recommend a good internet hosting provider at a reasonable price? Kudos, I appreciate it!

  23. Usually I don’t learn article on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to take a look at and do it! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thank you, quite nice post.

  24. My friends and I absolutely like your site and find a lot of the blogposts to be precisely what I’m looking for. Do you offer guest writers to write content material for you? I would not mind writing a story about jailbreak iphone or possibly on a number of the subjects you write about here. Nice place!

  25. Greetings! This is my first comment on your website so I really wanted to say a fast hello and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading your articles. Can you recommend any other websites that go over best forex trading robot? I am likewise quite hooked on this! Thanks a lot!

  26. Hi there, I am so excited I discovered this web page, I actually found you by mistake, while I was searching on Aol for green career. Anyhow I am here right now and would really like to say thank you for a marvelous posting and the overall interesting site (I also adore the design), I do not have enough time to read it entirely at the minute however I have book-marked it and even added in the RSS feeds, so once I have plenty of time I will be returning to browse much more. Make sure you do keep up the fantastic work.

  27. Hi! This is my very first reply on your website so I really wanted to say a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading through your articles. Can you recommend other sites that deal with mumbai packers & movers? I’m also very curious about that! Thanks!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here