Buy Nigeria | IT regulator issues pre-enforcement alert to Government agencies

Buy Nigeria | IT regulator issues pre-enforcement alert to Government agencies

Buy Nigeria | IT regulator issues pre-enforcement alert to Government agencies

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The Federal Government Thursday issued a pre-enforcement notice to enforce compliance with its “Buy Nigeria” policy on information technology (IT) products and services in the public sector.

Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Director General/CEO, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), in a statement sent to Technology Times says the IT regular “has put measures in place” to ensure compliance by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Several unsuccessful attempts have been made in the past to ensure compliance with the directive issued under the local content policy strategy to encourage growth of the indigenous IT companies.

But the IT regulator believes that it is now ready for a full-scale compliance plan following an Executive Order signed Thursday May 18, 2017 by Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Acting President of Nigeria.

But the IT regulator believes that it is now ready for a full-scale compliance plan following an Executive Order signed Thursday May 18, 2017 by Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Acting President of Nigeria.

Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)
Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)

Pantami says that NITDA now has a two-pronged strategy to foster patronage of indigenous IT products and services “in compliance with the recent Executive Order no 003 “Support for Local Content in Procurement by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Federal Government of Nigeria” signed by the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday 18th May, 2017.”

Under the plan, the IT regulator’s strategies will focus on two key areas: Make Nigerian IT products viable and promote local content first policy in IT procurement by MDAs.

According to Pantami, prior to this, NITDA has invested resources in five key areas “to make Nigerian IT products viable and competitive.”

According to the government tech agency, the investments include the under listed:

  • Building IT hubs, incubation and acceleration centres in the country;
  • Partnering with private IT hubs to identify and accelerate innovative IT solutions;
  • Crafting policies and guidelines that make Nigerian environment conducive for IT business;
  • Building hardware and software testing labs to certify IT products before going to market; and
  • Empowering the two subsidiaries of the Agency, the Office for Nigerian Content in IT (ONC) and the Office for IT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), to synergize the IT ecosystem as well as develop a vibrant and world class indigenous IT industry Nigeria.

Pantami also said that “in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive that MDAs and all other institutions of the Federal Government planning to embark on IT projects must obtain clearance from NITDA, the Agency has assembled a team of experts charged with supporting MDAs with advice and guidance throughout the IT procurement process. This is aimed at mitigating waste and mismanagement of government funds as well as ensuring that procurement of goods and services are in line with the national development goals.”

He called on “MDAs and other stakeholders in the IT sector to support the agency in this strategy so as to help boost the local IT industry, create new markets as well as deepen existing ones, and accelerate information technology penetration and adoption in all Government services in Nigeria for better service delivery.”

Kolade Akinola Technology Journalist at Technology Times Mobile: + 234 (0) 807 401 6027

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