The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has put in place measures to facilitate compliance with the Executive Order on Support for Local Content in IT Procurement, by monitoring compliance among Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
In compliance with the recent Executive Order No 003 “Support for Local Content in Procurement by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Federal Government of Nigeria,” signed by the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo on May 18th, NITDA has embarked on strengthening its strategy to foster patronage of indigenous IT products and services.
According to the Director-General, NITDA, Dr. Isah Pantanmi, the strategy focuses on two tracks: make Nigerian IT products viable; and promote local content first policy in IT procurement by MDAs.
Pantanmi disclosed that in an effort to make Nigerian IT products viable and competitive, NITDA has invested in: building IT hubs, incubation and acceleration centres in the country; partnering with private IT hubs to identify and accelerate innovative IT solutions.
It has drafted policies and guidelines that will make Nigerian environment conducive for IT business; and building hardware and software testing labs to certify IT products before going to market. It has also empowered the two subsidiaries of the Agency, the Office for Nigerian Content in IT (ONC) and the Office for IT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE), to synergise the IT ecosystem as well as develop a vibrant and world class indigenous IT industry Nigeria.
This is aimed at mitigating waste and mismanagement of government funds as well as ensuring that procurement of goods and services are in line with the national development goals.
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