NITDA begins registration, licensing of indigenous IT contractors

Na'ankwat Dariem, Abuja

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The National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA, says it 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.

The Agency has expressed dismayed over the rising number of failing IT projects within Federal MDAs and other government establishments.

NITDA noted that investigations revealed that over 90% of IT projects in MDAs and other government establishments failed and more than 95% of their security is compromised.

This is 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.

The process was aimed 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 would also ensure that IT projects in MDAs will only be executed by indigenous companies where in-country capacity exists.

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: www.nitda.gov.ng.

 

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