The Management of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has clarified its initiative on the registration and licensing of IT Contractors and service providers.
NITDA said the registration of IT Contractors and Service Providers is in line with its mandate as specifically stated in Section 6 (a, f) NITDA Act 2007, which mandates it 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.
The Agency made the clarification via a press statement on their official twitter handle.
The Management of NITDA said the clarification became necessary after its attention was drawn to a publication attributed to the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) advising NITDA not to proceed with the registration of Information Technology Contractors and Service Providers as mandated by the Agency through a Press Statement issued 12th January 2018.
Therefore, it is within the regulatory & 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 & in the interest of the development of IT in Nigeria.
Furthermore, the Agency, as the clearance house for IT projects of the Federal Government, said it 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.
NITDA also wishes to assure all Nigerians that it will not allow sub-standard projects in MDAs being executed by companies that have limited or no capacities.
The registration process will therefore ensure professionalism in IT service delivery, value for national investments in IT and to weed out quacks who may seek to take advantage of public procurements for selfish interests.
The process will also provide a detailed database of indigenous IT capabilities in Nigeria to guide the government in planning IT projects and for the promotion of Nigerian content through appropriate use of public sector spend in IT”.
NITDA, who is in partnership with other relevant authorities said that it shall take appropriate action where fraud may have led to failure.
Meanwhile, several indigenous IT Contractors and Service Providers have commenced the process of registration with NITDA.