The Nigerian Government is reviewing the Guidelines for Registration of ICT Service Providers/Contractors engaged by Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
According to the regulatory agency, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the Government is undertaking the comprehensive review of the Guidelines for Registration of ICT Service Providers/Contractors to streamline the process for the delivery of IT services to the MDAs.
A statement released over the weekend by the Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, NITDA, Mrs Hadiza Umar noted that these guidelines, initially issued in 2018, outlined the registration process for indigenous IT service providers that guarantees the delivery of high-quality IT projects to the federal government, uphold the highest standards of professionalism in IT services, and nourish the growth of local IT companies, all in adherence to the relevant Presidential Executive Orders.
“Since the issuance of the guidelines, the Agency has identified the need to improve the efficiency in the process of registration, promote indigenous IT service provision, ensure competent vendors are engaged for IT service delivery to Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria. This is in line with the present administration’s drive to ensure collective prosperity through efficiency and innovation”, the statement said.
According to NITDA, the review, which will result in the amendment of the guidelines, will create opportunities for more digital services to be provided by Nigerian companies while strengthening the ease of doing business for IT service providers.
The statement added: “It is the desire of NITDA to collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure that Nigerians benefit from the use of Information Technology to enhance and simplify their daily activities, especially service delivery by government and other institutions.”
In view of this, the Agency invited the public to provide their comments, inputs, and feedback on or before the Sunday 21st January 2024.