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NITDA reacts to NCS, insists on registering IT contractors, clarifies position

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has reacted to the call by the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) to stop the registration and licensing of Information Technology (IT) contractors and service providers in the country, insisting on carrying on the process claiming it would weed out quacks, reports ITRealms.

Already, ITRealms gathered that several indigenous IT Contractors and Service Providers have commenced the process of registration with NITDA as at the time of filing this report.

NITDA in its clarifications on why the agency embarked on the process ab ni tio, the Director-General of the agency, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, said the registration process will ensure professionalism in IT service delivery, value for national investments in IT and weed out quacks who may seek to take advantage of public procurements for selfish interests.

Although, Pantami acknowledged the position and mandate of the ComputerProfessionals (Registration Council) of Nigeria as a Council is mandated to have control and supervision of the (Computing) profession as provided by Section 1(2) of the Computer Professionals (Registration council of Nigeria) Act., as well as concerns of the Nigeria Computer Society, he insisted that the registration by NITDA is in line with agency’s mandate as specifically stated in Section 6 (a, f) NITDA Act 2007.

This, he said, mandated 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 to render advisory services on all information technology matters to the public and private sectors.

Pantami maintained that “it is within the regulatory and developmental role of NITDA to ensure that IT contractual practises and project delivery in the public sector are done in accordance with best practices, within acceptable standards and in the interest of the development of IT in Nigeria.”

Furthermore, he said, NITDA as the clearance house for IT projects of the Federal Government, has the responsibility to ensure that IT projects are executed by professional firms.


“NITDA as a regulator will not relent in its quest to improve IT practises and expose projects that are ill-conceived or poorly executed,” he said, assuring all Nigerians that it will not allow sub-standard projects in MDAs being executed by companies that have limited or no capacities. 

Chuks Egbune/GEE

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