Thursday, September 14, 2017

NITDA, EFCC partner on enforcement of IT project clearance

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to partner on enforcement of the Information Technology (IT) project clearance law, reports ITRealms.

This was the outcome of a working visit by the acting chairman, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu to NITDA corporate headquarters in Abuja, reaffirming inter-agency commitment in the fight against corruption.

Speaking during the visit, the Director General of NITDA, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, said that the visit is key to the growth and development of the country, channeled towards the fight against corruption to save funds for the country.

“Anything you do in the aspect of anti-corruption will surely lead to retaliation by perpetrators, as long as legal is made illegal and legitimate is made illegitimate, it is corruption, more effort is needed to fight such crimes” he said.

According to a slogan by the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari which says “If you fight corruption, corruption will fight you back” which EFCC is working all round to curb the menace of such act.

Pantami stated that the effort of EFCC in the fight against corruption is for the country at large, any nation that fights corruption is doing it for the develop and better the living standards of citizens living within.

NITDA is the IT regulatory body and also a clearing house for all IT projects and infrastructural development in the country. The Agency solicits EFCC's support to enforce the IT clearance law which the Federal Government mandated NITDA to handle the clearance of all IT procurement by Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDA).

Some MDAs repeatedly engage in IT projects, which there is no provision for its sustainability afterward. Information Technology (IT) is one of the areas which has been used to siphon government funds simply because of its complexity, he said.

Many MDAs come to NITDA to seek IT clearance for their projects and services, which the Agency has professionals and experts that will analyse the project critically to know its authenticity before embarking on such project so as to save funds for the government, he added.

The Acting Chairman of EFCC in his remarks stated that the two government organizations have a lot in common, and more need to be learned from each other.

EFCC need the support of every Nigerian in the fight against corruption for the betterment of our future generation because the Commission cannot do it alone. “Corruption is the biggest problem in the country” things need to be done the right way, which will curb the menace it has brought upon our country, he said.

Magu appreciates the effort of NITDA in the fight against corruption, and has the support of his office in delivering its goals and objectives for the growth and development of the country.

Chuks Egbune/GEE
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