NITDA unveils five additional IT Regulatory Instruments

Na'ankwat Dariem ,Abuja


The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has presented five additional instruments for the regulation and development of information technology (IT) in the country.

The Agency also called for the full interaction and harmonization of all automated systems in order to save cost, time and to increase efficiency in governance in Nigeria through ICT.

The Director-General of the agency, Dr. Isa Pantami made the call in Abuja during the presentation  and official signing off of the  additional five  IT regulatory instruments.

Dr. Pantami said NITDA is poised at leveraging the current ICT development and adoption across the globe to transform our economy and ensure sustainable development in recognition of its regulatory and development and advisory mandate.

‘‘We believe that our regulatory and advisory roles should be geared towards the development of ICT and its integration to implement socio-economic agenda of the government at all levels. We should not by any means stifle ICT development especially to the detriment of our indigenous IT companies.

‘‘NITDA as the apex agency responsible for the development and regulation of IT in Nigeria must ensure it walks the talk and builds an enabling environment for the growth of ICT industry; pave way for efficient and sustainable use and adoption of ICT for the development and growth of the country. It is on this conviction that we are building a strong foundation for ICT development and growth through effective regulation.’’

He added that “NITDA will do everything possible to pursue vigorously the implementation of the regulatory instruments and ensure their violators are appropriately sanctioned, maintaining that the ICT sector cannot be effectively developed without relevant rules and regulations creating a certain level of uniformity, consistency and careful investments in the right type of technology needed in a country such as ours.’’

The five instruments include; Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in Information and Communications Technology as amended; Nigeria e-Government Interoperability Framework (Ne-GIF); Nigeria ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vision (NIIEV); Nigeria Cloud Computing Policy and Framework and Guidelines for ICT Adoption in Tertiary Intuitions.

for Nigerian Content Development in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) on three core focus areas: driving indigenous innovation, developing the local ICT Industry and establishing Intellectual Property regulation and protection standards. Each of them has a set of related strategic goals

The Nigeria e-Govemment Interoperability Framework (Ne-GlF) provides tools, Specifications and recommendations based on open Standards for supporting public institutions in undertaking interoperability of e-government solutions and information exchange for the provision of digital services that require two or more public institutions.
It said, the Nigeria ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vision (NIIEV) is a conpendium of policy recommendations and incentives designed to strengthen the Nigerian technology ecosystem. It consists of Digital Infrastructure development, Education Reform, Skills Development and R&D as well as Support for ICT Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Innovation.

The goal for the Nigeria Cloud Computing Policy (NCCP) is to ensure a 30% increase in the adoption of cloud computing by 2024 among Federal public institutions (FPIs) and SMEs that provide digital-enbled services to the government. The policy also targets 35% increase in cloud computing investments by 2024.

NITDA explained that  the goal for the Framework and Guidelines for ICT Adoption in Tertiary Institutions, is to provide a flexible and comprehensive general framework and guidelines for the deployment of ICT tools in Nigerian tertiary institutions for effective and efficient support of the core business processes of teaching, learning, research, and administration.

With this launch, it brings the total number of regulatory frameworks by NITDA with in seven months.

The 10 regulatory instruments are expected to address various challenges facing Nigeria towards effective ICT deployment and adoption in both public and private services.

It would be recalled that the agency had on 25th January launched and signed off five regulatory instruments.

In his remarks, the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State,Mr.  Abdullahi Sule applauded NITDA for coming up with the new regulatory instruments which he said would helvonp promote local content, reduce cost in governance, increase digitization and ensure connectivity among government agencies.

Governor Sule also said  his administration  is seeking collaborate with NITDA  for deployment of ICT for economic growth in Nasarawa state.

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