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NITDA reorganises certification process for OEMs

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has reorganised the process of registering and certifying indigenous Information Technology (IT) Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), other government establishments, reports ITRealms.

Disclosing this to ITRealms, the Director-General cum chief executive officer (CEO), NITDA, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, said it has become imperative to bring this to the notice of all stakeholders including organised private sector and public at large.

Also, a press statement made available to ITRealms, Dr. Pantami was quoted as saying that this reorganisation became necessary considering the incessant complaints received from consumers of indigenous IT devices.

“It is also aimed at facilitating and ensuring adherence to world class standards. This will guarantee the quality and durability of locally assembled devices,” he said, stressing that NITDA will henceforth mandate quality after-sales-support as a significant part of the registration and certification process and as mandatory part of the operations of all indigenous OEMs.

For this, he said, all previously registered indigenous IT OEMs whose certifications have expired should note that continuance of sale of machines and equipment not tested and certified by NITDA is a violation of existing rules and procedures of the Agency. They are therefore advised to initiate the recertification process with immediate effect. We also call on all customers to demand current certification of NITDA before devices are purchased from indigenous OEMs.

As said by him, all other entities desirous of assembling and selling IT devices in Nigeria should also apply to the agency for registration and certification.

Pantami further said that interested entities should note that only NITDA registered indigenous OEMs are entitled to the reliefs and incentives as contained in the Regulatory Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 2013. The certification process of OEMs and the Regulatory Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT 2013 are issued and implemented pursuant to Section 6 of the National Information Technology Development Act 2007.

NITDA, ITRealms recalls was created in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and co-ordinate general IT development and regulation in the country. Specifically, 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; and render advisory services in all information technology matters to the public and private sectors.

Chuks Egbune/GEE

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