Proper regulation makes development easier to achieve. As such, the National Information Development Agency (NITDA) has said it saved federal government over 10 billion naira through regulation and developed standards and guidelines for different aspects of the ICT sector.
Director General of NITDA Dr. Isa Pantami said the agency has put the necessary machinery in place to ensure compliance as compliance with boost efforts towards saving costs and expanding digital inclusion agenda of the Government.
The efforts are yielding results as the agency has saved over N10billion for the Federal Government in the past one year.
This was contained in a goodwill message by the Director General of NITDA, , to the Nigeria Computer Society, NCS, 27th National Conference, taking place in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The DG said that as the clearing house for Information Technology Projects in Nigeria, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the government now come to us for the clearance of their ICT projects.
The DG who was represented by the Director of IT Infrastructure Solutions (ITIS) Department of the Agency, Dr Agu Collins Agu, said that the efforts were to eliminate duplication, ensure there is value for money and that the projects are sustainable.
“All the MDAs have been provided with a copy of the template and the IT clearance process will help in building standardized IT infrastructures as well as efficient IT systems and services. It will reduce the cost of IT investments and will ensure commensurate value is derived from every IT investment. Eventually, these efforts will spur innovations and enhance MDAs responsiveness to their obligations.
Through this clearance process we have saved the government over N10 billion within the last year. The process has also enabled us to support the development of local content”, he said.
The DG regretted that Nigeria loses a significant amount of foreign exchange annually from the importation of ICT goods and services.