NITDA Clears EFCC/NFIU’S ICT Security and Systems Infrastructure Upgrade

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has cleared the ICT Security and Systems Infrastructure Upgrade project of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)/Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) for funding in-line with the directive of the Federal Government for all IT procurement and services in the public sector.
A statement from the NITDA said the clearance granted the EFCC is part of effort to support the EFCC in order to sustain its fight against corrupt practices in IT procurements of Government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).
The statement quoted the Director General/CEO of NITDA, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, saying that EFCC Acting Chairman/CEO Ibrahim Magu, pledging the EFCC’s support and indicated that they would comply with government’s directives on obtaining NITDA’s clearance for the Commission’s IT procurements and services.
According to NITDA, the EFCC ICT Security and Systems Infrastructure Upgrade project was subjected to rigorous scrutiny by NITDA’s IT Projects Clearance Committee adding that by this singular act, the EFCC has shown that it is not above the law thereby serving as an example to other government establishments.
that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, had called for strict compliance to the IT Project’s Clearance directive by all government establishments at the opening ceremony of this year’s e-Nigeria International Conference and Exhibition.
He commend the Agency’s efforts at enforcing Federal Government’s directive on ensuring that all ICT projects are cleared before they are implemented.
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is an Agency under the Federal Ministry of Communications.
The Agency was created in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy and coordinate general IT development and regulation in the country.
Specifically, Section 6(a & c) of the Act mandates NITDA to create a framework for the planning, research, development, standardisation, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of Information Technology practices, activities and systems in Nigeria; and render advisory services in all information technology matters to the public and private sectors.

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