NITDA | Why non-compliance with IT Guidelines ‘attracts penalty’

NITDA | Why non-compliance with IT Guidelines ‘attracts penalty’

NITDA | Why non-compliance with IT Guidelines ‘attracts penalty’

0
0

Dr Isa Pantami, Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) says the IT regulator will publish non-compliance with guidelines for IT projects in Nigeria.

The Agency’s Act of 2007 empowers the NITDA to penalise defaulters by “fine and or up to three years imprisonment”, Pantami says.

Pantami made this known during a courtesy call on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC’s headquarters in Abuja by the Management team of NITDA.

The NITDA top brass says that all public offices must seek clearance from the IT regulator before procuring IT components to allow the agency make an unbiased assessment of needs, value for money and quality.

Pantami who decried the practice of siphoning large sums of money from the nation’s coffers to fund dubious, duplicated IT projects by some government offices, noted that this strategy would reverse the trend of using IT as a cash cow to unscrupulous public officials.

Pantami who decried the practice of siphoning large sums of money from the nation’s coffers to fund dubious, duplicated IT projects by some government offices, noted that this strategy would reverse the trend of using IT as a cash cow to unscrupulous public officials.

Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, the new Director-General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)
Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, the new Director-General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)

He took the initiative to seek the EFCC’s support in carrying out its regulatory functions, urging the law enforcement agency to lend its support to the NITDA in its fight to end these corrupt practices which he says are plaguing the sector.

“Collaboration between agencies will ensure accountability and professionalism within the industry, checkmate widespread corruption, save the country billions of naira and help tremendously in developing and promoting Local content which is the ultimate goal in technological advancement”, Pantami adds.

The NITDA boss however, noted that few parastatals including the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) have since complied with the agency’s directives in line with its mandate contained in a letter sent to over 250 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Mr Ibrahim Magu, Chairman of the EFCC on his part expressed the commission’s willingness to comply with the set IT standards and guidelines, pledging that the Commission will lead by example by complying with all IT regulations as directed by NITDA.

He also assured the delegation of its support in implementing the rules and enforcing penalty where necessary. “We are very much willing to collaborate and cooperate with NITDA on this very important issue.

“This strategic partnership is timely and an indication that the current administration of NITDA is focused and determined. We will also comply immediately with all the guidelines so we can exemplify what we preach”, Magu says.

At the end of the meeting, a mutual decision was reached to set up a working committee comprising of representatives from both sides to ensure the smooth running of operations.

tags:
Elizabeth Edozie Technology Journalist @Technology Times 08077671659 elizabeth.edozie@technologytimes.ng

We want to hear from you...

%d bloggers like this: