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Monday, February 12, 2018

NITDA commences registration, licensing of IT contractors

The National Information TechnologyDevelopment Agency (NITDA) has commenced the registration and licensing of what it called all indigenous information technology (IT) contractors, reports ITRealms.

Director General and chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NITDA, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, confirmed this to ITRealms saying that this exercise involves all IT contractors, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) among other governments establishments, the organised private sector and the general public.

NITDA, he said, has put measures in place to “register and license all Information Technology (IT) Contractors and Service Providers for the purposes of procurements, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and other forms of engagement with Government establishments and Private Sector.”

He noted in a public statement made available to ITRealms that the agency is dismayed at the raising number of failing IT projects within Federal MDAs and other government establishments.

NITDA’s investigations, he said, revealed that over 90 per cent of IT projects in MDAs and other government establishments failed and more than 95 per cent of their security is compromised.

“In order to curtail this and in line with the agency’s mandate and the recent Presidential Executive Order 005 for Planning and Execution of Projects, Promotion of Nigerian Content in Contracts and Science, Engineering and Technology, as mandated by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, the registration and licensing of IT Contractors and Service providers has become expedient,” Pantami said.

The process, he also said, aims at ensuring the emergence of robust indigenous IT Service Providers and Contractors, guaranteeing the delivery of sustainable IT projects as well as engendering professionalism in the IT service industry.  The process will also ensure that IT projects in MDAs will only be executed by indigenous companies where in-country capacity exists.

“As part of the process, NITDA will monitor and ensure the capacity development of Nigerians employed by IT Contractors and other Service providers.  Furthermore, the Agency will, in conjunction with relevant agencies, investigate any project that has failed to determine the root cause of the failure and apply sanctions where necessary or to refer such cases to other relevant authorities,” he said.

Further, he warned that all firms desirous of providing IT services and contracts to Federal MDAs and other government establishments are advised to initiate the registration process with immediate effect. Guidelines on the registration process can be accessed by visiting NITDA’s website.

“Alternatively, an applicantion can be written to the agency in order to initiate the process. Interested entities should note that only NITDA registered firms and companies will be recognised as having capabilities for the provision of IT services to Federal MDAs and other government establishments. All MDAs and other government establishments are advised to consult NITDA before any IT firm is engaged for the purposed of providing IT related services,” he said.

Pantami insisted that NITDA is an agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria, 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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