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ICTLOCA seeks partnership with NITRA on local content - ITREALMS

The Association of Information Communication Technology Local Content (ICTLOCA) is seeking partnership with the Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) towards achieving its mandate, reports ITREALMS.

ICTLOCA, ITREALMS gathered is an interest group created for the advocacy, promotion and protection of interest of local ICT practitioners, enforcement and implementation of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act and other Local Content guidelines, Executive Orders and other Local Content Policies of Government on the use and deployment of indigenous Information Communication Technology products and services in all sectors of the Nigerian economy for the benefit of local ICT practitioners.

Revealing this to ITREALMS at a one-day third quarterly forum of NITRA held in Lagos recently, a member of the ICTLOCA, Mr. Adebunmi Akinbo on “Stimulant for National Economic Recovery” said that local content is dynamic, cutting across policies and guidelines, Consumer Protection Act, transfer of knowledge via multinationals and Nigerian business community.

Recalling that ICTLOCA was registered since 2015 and has a Governing Board of the Association inaugurated during the NCCF-ICT meeting which took place on 9th February, 2017.

The Executive Order of the Acting President in 2017, he said, gave credence to the purpose of establishing ICTLOCA which is to promote and protect local ICT businesses.

He stressed that the Executive Order 5 has further heightened the support for ICTLOCA’s cause as it gave concrete backing to ICTLOCA’s mission.

“The overall effect of Executive Orders and NOGICD Act is that they created strong foundation upon which ICTLOCA build its  vision of promoting and protecting  creators, developers, entrepreneurs and business within the ICT ecosystem,” he said.

With the signing of the Executive Order 5, he said, they commenced the development and execution of Convergence Series to aid monitoring and implementation of the Executive Orders which led to the  Local Content 4.0.

He explained that Local Content 4.0 was designed to be a convergence of all stakeholders, professionals and artisans in the ICT industry to brainstorm on issues affecting the industry and chart a way forward for effective implementation of Executive Orders on Local Content, Local Content Laws and guidelines.

“Also to highlight challenges faced by practitioners in related sectors of the ICT industry to promote the Nigerian economy and provide solutions to those issues. Thus, discussion, postulations and actions will be executed using the ICS,” he pointed out.

The fourth estate, he said, is a tool that makes change happen when we put our mind to it. We must ask question not form opinions. We must be logical and tactical, not a bystander.

We appeal for your support by participating at our events and work with us to ensure effective monitoring and implementation of relevant local content policies and laws to promote increase in patronage of local ICT goods and services, which would in turn lead to more economic gains to Nigerians and development of the ICT industry,” Akinbo said.

Chuks Egbune/GEE

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