The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is set to commence enforcement of the Federal Government’s Regulatory Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT.
This was contained in a press statement Eggonnews obtained from the official Facebook page of the NITDA earlier today.
Recall that President Buhari had in his Speech at the 12th edition of the e-Nigeria Conference, Exhibitions and Awards, on Thursday 28th November, 2019, reiterated his directives given at the 2018 edition of e-Nigeria, that NITDA is to work with relevant stakeholders to ensure that all government funded ICT projects are reviewed and cleared by NITDA before implementation.
NITDA on its part, had issued two regulatory instruments for the Promotion of Indigenous Content Development in ICT and the Guidelines for Clearance of Information Technology Projects by Public Institutions.
These they said were issued pursuant to Section 6 (a) (b) (c) of the NITDA Act 2007.
The statement said that all erring MDAs were in “violation of these Guidelines constitute an offence pursuant to Section 17(4) of the Act and punishable under Section 18 of the same Act.
“NITDA has referred this matter to the Nigeria Police Force for appropriate investigation and prosecution in line with the extant law. Principal and relevant officers of these MDAs will be held liable for violation of these regulations in line with Section 17 (3) (a).
“All erring parties are advised in their own interest to comply forthwith by submitting all projects for Clearance with NITDA and to procure IT goods and services in line with the Regulatory Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT.
“NITDA remains resolutely committed to enforcing its guidelines and in discharging its mandate for the development of IT in Nigeria,” the statement concluded.