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ICTLOCA demands govt deliberate strategies to boost local consumptions – ITREALMS

The ICT Local Content Association (ICTLOCA) rose from a one-day ICT Community Roundtable in Lagos to demand from the federal government, a deliberate strategies to boost consumptions of goods and services locally, reports ITREALMS.

ICTLOCA, ITREALMS gathered, is acclaimed champion for the protection of interest of local ICT practitioners and implementation of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act 2010 and other local content policies of government on the use and deployment of indigenous Information Communication Technology products and services in the oil and gas among other sectors in Nigeria.

ICTLOCA in a 16-point communique made available to ITREALMS by the National Public Relations Officer, Tolulope Adedoyin, the group underlined that demanded that government should encourage deliberate consumption of local ICT goods and services in the public and private sector, according to the NOGICD Act 2010.

ITREALMS also reports that they urged the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to ensure that the websites of Nigerian Companies bidding for contracts must be hosted locally and that they use a .ng domain name.

Just as they seek NCDMB to provide ICTLOCA access to Annual Nigerian Content Performance Report relating to ICT Contracts in the Oil and Gas industry and other relevant information to assist the association.

Equally, they said, NITDA should certify local ICT Software and certify local vendors, in addition to enforcement and monitoring of local content laws and policies of government on the promotion of local content in ICT by the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), National IT Development Agency (NITDA), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and other relevant regulatory bodies.

Even as NCDMB should maintain a database of the formal and informal ICT skills and capabilities, with open (statistics) Data Access to all Stakeholders.

Further, they called on NCDMB to collaborate with NITDA, NCC and other relevant government agencies to support existing ICT Hubs to be more efficient, sustainable and relevant to the needs of the industry.

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