NITDA Uncovers Failed FG IT Projects, May Prosecute Contractors

NITDA DG/CEO Dr. Pantami

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the agency set up by the Nigerian government to promote indigenous technology development uncovered some failed IT projects contract awarded to companies.
NITDA said that its investigations revealed that over 90% of IT projects in MDAs and other government establishments are failed projects and that more than 95% of them have suffered security breach.
The development has prompted the Director General/Chief Executive Officer of NITDA, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami to order the immediate registration and licensing of IT Contractors and Service providers in the country.
He said in a statement made available to TechnologyMirror that all Information Technology (IT) Contractors and Service Providers that are engaged in the procurements, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and other forms of engagement with Government establishments and Private Sector must now be registered with NITDA through the relevant agencies.
Pantami urged all Information Technology (IT) Contractors, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), other government establishments, the organised private sector and the general public to take note of the directive.
He noted that the directive is in order and in line with the Agency’s mandate and the recent Presidential Executive Order 005 for Planning and Execution of Projects, Promotion of Nigerian Content in Contracts and Science, Engineering and Technology, as mandated by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, the process is aimed at ensuring the emergence of robust indigenous IT Service Providers and Contractors, guaranteeing the delivery of sustainable IT projects as well as engendering professionalism in the IT service industry.
“The process will also ensure that IT projects in MDAs will only be executed by indigenous companies where in-country capacity exists. As part of the process, NITDA will monitor and ensure the capacity development of Nigerians employed by IT Contractors and other Service providers”, he stated.
The NITDA boss explained that the Agency will, in conjunction with relevant agencies, investigate any project that has failed to determine the root cause of the failure and apply sanctions where necessary or to refer such cases to other relevant authorities.
While calling on all firms desirous of providing IT services and contracts to Federal MDAs and other government establishments to hid the directive, he advised them to initiate the registration process with immediate effect.
“Guidelines on the registration process can be accessed by visiting NITDA’s website: www.nitda.gov.ng. Alternatively, an application can be written to the Agency in order to initiate the process. Interested entities should note that only NITDA registered firms and companies will be recognised as having capabilities for the provision of IT services to Federal MDAs and other government establishments”, he said.
He also said that all MDAs and other government establishments are advised to consult NITDA before any IT firm is engaged for the purposed of providing IT related services.
Isaiah Erhiawarien, Nigeria

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