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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jack explains NITDA advisory board on local content





The Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Dr. Peter Jack has explained the reasons behind the recent inauguration of an advisory board and a National Coordinating Office for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Local Content (NCOILC), reports ITRealms.

Speaking to ITRealms during the commencement of the 2014 eNigeria Summit in Abuja, he said that the setting up of the advisory and eventual NCOILC was part of the implementation plan emanating from the eNigeria 2013 Communique.

According to him, in 2013 it was recommended that a special purpose institutional structure be developed based on guidelines, hence the advisory board which was inaugurated on June 30, 2014.

He also told ITRealms that a National Coordinating Office for ICT Local Content has been established under the supervision of NITDA.

“The board of the office has membership from ICT trade associations, regulatory bodies in critical sectors of the economy and multinational companies among others,” he said.

Mr. Jack equally told ITRealms that the coordinating office for Nigerian Content Development in ICT has already established a collaborative relationship with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in Oil and Gas in order to benefit from their experience.

As said by him, it was in view of the foregoing that the focus of eNigeria 2014 was on Technology start-ups and young innovators.

He stressed that this consideration is timely particularly at this time that World Bank and United Kingdom Department of International Development (DFID) are supporting Nigeria to create jobs.

He pointed out that Nigeria targets some 460,000 jobs to be created across eight critical sectors in the nation’s economy with ICT as top most priority.

ITRealms recalls that this year’s eNigeria theme is “Creating Market Opportunities for Indigenous ICT Products and Services.”

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Pix: Peter Jack, DG, NITDA speaking at eNigeria 2014.

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