125 heads of MDA’s to face prosecution over failure to comply with IT regulations

Over one hundred heads of ministries, departments and agencies risk been prosecuted for violation of executive orders 003 and 005.

National Information Technology Development Agency (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.

These regulatory instruments were issued pursuant to Section 6 (a) (b) (c) of the NITDA Act 2007, therefore violation of these Guidelines constitute an offence pursuant to Section 17(4) of the Act and punishable under Section 18 of the same Act.

The  Director General National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)  Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, stressed 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 vide 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 added that NITDA has referred this matter to the Nigerian Police Force for appropriate investigation and prosecution.

“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,” Inuwa said.

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