NITDA Goes After 125 MDAs Over Unauthorised IT Projects

The National Information Technology Development Agency has initiated an enforcement action against 125 ministries, departments and agencies for failing to obtain authorisation before executing information technology projects.

According to a statement issued by Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi, on Tuesday, the concerned MDAs also violated provisions of the Regulatory Framework for Promotion of Local Content in IT in line with Executive Orders 003 and 005.

Abdullahi did not name the concerned MDAs but he said the police had begun investigation into the matter, and heads of the institutions would be held liable.

“The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) hereby notifies the general public, MDAs and government-owned companies that the Agency has initiated enforcement action against one hundred and twenty five (125) MDAs for violation of the directive of the Federal Government issued via Circular with Ref No. 59736/S.2/C.II/125, issued on 31st August, 2018 which 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,” he said.

He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had restated the directive at the recently concluded e-Nigeria conference.

“To underscore government’s determination at ensuring compliance with these regulatory instruments, President Muhammadu Buhari reiterated his directive 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,” the NITDA DG stated.

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.

The regulatory instruments were issued pursuant to section 6 (a) (b) (c) of the NITDA Act 2007, and violation of the guidelines constitute an offence pursuant to section 17(4) of the Act and punishable under section 18 of the same Act.

“NITDA 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 Section 17 (3) (a).

“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.

“NITDA remains resolutely committed to enforcing its guidelines and in discharging its mandate for the development of IT in Nigeria,” Abdullahi added.

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