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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

FG votes N42.5bn on IT project - Pantami

The Federal Government (FG) has voted the sum of N42,560,945,191.00, billion on Information Technology (IT) projects for the year 2017, reports ITRealms.

Disclosing this to ITRealms, Director General and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), NITDA, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, said that based on assessment of the 2017 Appropriation Bill by his agency, revealed that Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) proposed to spend approximately N42,560,945,191.00 on IT projects.

This, he said, represents 2.1 per cent of the total capital budget of N2,048,989,578,222.00 trillion.

“It is therefore imperative to ensure that maximum value is derived from such huge investment of public funds, especially at a time when the need for accountable, transparent, efficient and effective public spending is high on the current administration’s agenda,” he said.

NITDA, the DG said, therefore called on MDAs and other government establishments to ensure that their IT projects in the 2017 Appropriation Act are put forward for clearance before implementation.

“It should be noted that a breach of the provision of NITDA Act and any other directive pursuant to the Act is an offence under Section 17 and punishable under Section 18 of the Act,” he said.

ITRealms recalls that NITDA is the Federal Ministry of Communications agency, created in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and coordinate general IT development and regulation in the country.

In addition, NITDA specifically under the Section 6(a & c) of the Act mandates NITDA to create a framework for the planning, research, development, standardization, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of Information Technology practices, activities and systems in Nigeria.

Remmy Nweke/ ED, Ops
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