The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has initiated enforcement action against one hundred and twenty five (125) MDAs for violation of the directive of the Federal Government.
In a statement, signed by the Director General of the Agency, Mr. Kashifu Inuwa, the Circular was issued with Ref No. 59736/S.2/C.II/125, on 31st August, 2018 and mandates all MDAs and Federal Government Agencies to clear all IT Projects with NITDA before implementation and to comply with the Regulatory Framework for Promotion of Local Content in IT in line with Executive Orders 003 & 005.
The DG explained that “the government in ensuring compliance to these regulatory instruments. President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, in his Speech at the 12th edition of the e-Nigeria Conference, Exhibition 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 the Agency before implementation.”
According to the statement , NITDA 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 regulatory instruments were issued pursuant to Section 6 (a) (b) (c) of the NITDA Act 2007, therefore 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 also said it has referred this matter to the Nigerian 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).
According to Inuwa “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.”
He added that” NITDA remains resolutely committed to enforcing its guidelines and in discharging its mandate for the development of IT in Nigeria.”