The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) says it wants to collaborate with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to develop information and communication technology (ICT) Guidelines for Nigeria.
The proposed ICT Guidelines is expected to define standards, guidelines, regulations and frame work on ICT usage in Nigeria, according to the law group.
Kachi Okezie, Chairman, Section on Business Law Committee at NBA dropped the hint in a recent visit by the non-profit body to NITDA headquarters in Abuja.
Developing a standard regulatory framework in the ICT industry will create uniformity in Nigeria, he says.
While seeking the collaboration of NITDA in the implementation of ICT in the various sections of NBA, Okezie says the body is ready to work with the IT implementing agency to achieve swifter growth and wide spread of ICT in Nigeria.
NBA wants NITDA to establish an IT Resource Centre that will aid transformation of Nigeria into an IT and knowledge-driven economy.
During the visit, Okezie congratulated Dr. Ali Isa Ibrahim Pantami on his appointment as the Director General of NITDA. The implementation of ICT in the various sections of NBA will complement effective and efficient service delivery, he adds.
Responding, Director General of NITDA says his first priority is the regulatory role of NITDA and underscores that, “we need more of practical solutions in the area of capacity building thus will create avenue for job creation and a revenue flow, in line with the diversification of the economy.”
According to him, there is need for local content patronage and improvement in the quality of production to attain a world class standard which will attract foreign investors.
In his reaction, Barrister Emmanuel Edet, Head Legal Unit at NITDA says that the collaboration with NBA will aid in the area of outlining certain laws that would yield positive outcome and drive swift in the growth and development of ICT in Nigeria.
He also underscores the need for an online forum that will be open to suggestion and recommendation from the public on the developed or ongoing standards, Guidelines and Regulations which will pave way for achieving a world class standard on IT.
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is a non-profit, umbrella professional association of all lawyers admitted to the Bar in Nigeria. It is engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Nigeria. It has an observer status with the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, and a working partnership with many national and international non-governmental organizations concerned with human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Nigeria and in Africa.