By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has initiated enforcement action against 125 Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government for violating the directive of the Federal Government on implementation of Nigerian Content Development in Information Communications Technology (ICT).
The government had in a circular issued issued on August 31, 2018 mandated all MDAs and Federal Government establishments to clear all IT Projects with NITDA before implementation and to comply with the Regulatory Framework for Promotion of Local Content in IT in line with Executive Orders 003 & 005.
Director-General/CEO of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, in a statement by the Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations Unit, Mrs Hadiza Umar, said that the agency remained resolutely committed to enforcing its guidelines and in discharging its mandate for the development of IT in Nigeria.
The Director-General said that NITDA has referred this matter to the Nigerian Police Force for appropriate investigation and prosecution in line with the extant law. He warned that principal and relevant officers of these MDAs ”will be held liable for violation of these regulations in line Section 17 (3) (a).”
”All erring parties are advised in their own interest to comply forthwith by submitting all projects for Clearance with NITDA and to procure IT goods and services in line with the Regulatory Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT, ” Abdullahi stated.
Barely a week, President Muhammadu Buhari had in his Speech at the 12th edition of the e-Nigeria Conference, Exhibition and Awards, reiterated his directives given at the 2018 edition of e-Nigeria, that NITDA was to work with relevant stakeholders to ensure that all government-funded ICT projects were reviewed and cleared by the Agency before implementation.
DAILY ASSET recalls that NITDA had issued two regulatory instruments for the Promotion of Indigenous Content Development in ICT and the Guidelines for Clearance of Information Technology Projects by Public Institutions.
These regulatory instruments were issued pursuant to Section 6 (a) (b) (c) of the NITDA Act 2007, therefore violation of these Guidelines constitute an offence pursuant to Section 17(4) of the Act and punishable under Section 18 of the same Act.
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is a Federal Government Agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.
NITDA was established in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy as well as coordinate general IT development and regulation in the country.