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Government promises to host data in Nigeria

Government promises to host data in Nigeria
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The Federal Government has again promised to host public sector data locally to promote its local content policy in the Nigerian technology sector.

Dr Olatunji Vincent, the Acting Director-General at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), says that government agencies will be made to host their data in Nigeria.

Olatunji, acting chief of the nation’s IT Policy implementing agency, dropped this hint when he visited Rack Centre, the Lagos  based Tier lll Data Centre.

“We will do everything   within our powers to ensure that the Nigerian government policy on local hosting of Government data in the country is fully implemented”, the NITDA boss says in a statement made available to Technology Times.

The NITDA boss who was shown round the facility by Mr Ayotunde Coker, Managing Director of Rack Centre, says it is imperative  that  efforts be made in conjunction with Office of Local Content to support local hosting businesses like Rack Centre.

Director of Operations, Rack Centre, Ezekiel Egboye, Head, Corporate Affairs, National Information Development Agency NITDA, Mrs. Hadiza Umar, Ag. Director-General/CEO, National Information Development Agency NITDA, Dr. Vincent O. Olatunji and The Managing Director, Rack Centre, Ayotunde Coker
Director of Operations, Rack Centre, Ezekiel Egboye; Head, Corporate Affairs, National Information Development Agency NITDA, Mrs. Hadiza Umar; Ag. Director-General/CEO, National Information Development Agency NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji and Managing Director, Rack Centre, Ayotunde Coker, during the visit

Speaking at Rack Centre, the NITDA acting CEO says, “this facility surpasses every other data centre that I had visited inside and outside the country and we need to have all hands on deck to develop the ICT sector considering its impact on all the other sectors of the economy.”

Responding, Mr Ayotunde Coker, the Managing Director, Rack Centre says, “we are delighted that the Acting DG acknowledges the quality of Rack Center in comparison to other places he has visited, even in more advanced economies.  Rack Centre is the only truly carrier neutral data center and the best connected in Africa.”

 

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