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Akin Akingbade emerges ICTLOCA president

The former governorship aspirant in Ondo State and incumbent president of Association of Software Testing and Quality management, Barrister Akinwaale Akingbade, has emerged the pioneer president of local content industry interest group, the Information and Communication Technology Local Content Association (ICTLOCA), reports ITRealms.

This ITRealms gathered follows a meeting of the group held recently in Lagos, which also saw the emergence of Ms. Olubusayo Atoki as Vice President, Mr. Adebunmi Akinbo – Secretary, Mr. Gbolahan Awonuga – Treasurer and Mrs. Abibat Olatunji - Legal Adviser to work with Mr. Akingbade, who is the chief executive officer, TCQA.

According to the Treasurer of association is to ensure that ICT practitioners are allowed to benefit from the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act, which has provided them the right and platform to participate in the provisions of ICT goods and services in the oil and gas sector.

He also said ICTLOCA would afford players to tap into the over $190 billion local content market following the creation of the Nigerian Content Consultative Forum ICT (NCCF-ICT) sectoral working group by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

The body represents the interest of ICT practitioners in the oil and gas sector, based on the Local Content Act, which allows Nigerian ICT players to provide 75 per cent rental of communication lines, 85 per cent telecommunication subscription services; 95 percent of public address system services as well as 75 percent of other information system/ IT services.

The Act, ICTLOCA explained allows Nigerian IT practitioners to provide up to 45 per cent of network installation/support services.  

“51 per cent of software development and support services, 51 per cent of computer-based modeling services, 51 per cent of computer-based simulation/training programmes services and 51 per cent of CAL/CAP services,” the group explained.

Others include 50 per cent of hardware installation support services, 50 per cent of operating system installation/support services, 60 per cent of user support/help desk services, 70 per cent of library service, 50 per cent of IT management consultancy services, 50 per cent of data management services, 60 per cent of telecommunication installation/support services and 60 per cent of data and message transmitting services. 

There is lack of awareness/information about the provisions of the NOGICD Act. The Act, in recognizing the importance of IT/ICT to the oil and gas sector specifically in section 58(f) of the Act, directed the NCDMB to set up the NCCF- ICT required to consist of stakeholders, government and regulatory agencies in the ICT.

ICTLOCA insisted that Section 12 of the NOGICD Act, Nigerians are to be given first consideration for the provisions of goods and services in the sector.

Chuks Egbune/GEE


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Pix: Akinwale Akingbade, ICTLOCA president

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