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Nigeria: Local Content Policy on ICT to Reduce Software Import – NITDA

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has expressed confidence that the Local Content policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will reduce the importation of ICT software into the country.

The Director General of NITDA, Dr. Isah Ibrahim said on Wednesday in Abuja at the 2017 international Day of girls in ICT organized by Veritrax Solutions that the agency had made it compulsory for contractors to ensure that at least the computer systems they bought were from local original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in Nigeria.

Represented by Assistant Director, Information Technology Infrastructure Solutions (IT IS), Engr. Salisu Kaka, he said: “In 2013 there was the local content policy passed by the Federal Government on ICT and NITDA being the regulator has quickly established office of the national content on ICT (ONC).

“This office is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that at least 30 per cent of whatever we consume locally or within the country there is local component of it. From the hardware to the software aspect of it.

“We made it compulsory for contractors to ensure that at least the computer systems they buy they are going to buy it from our local original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).”

He said the agency had created the enabling environment that would allow genderless communities at different levels to have equal opportunities in terms of digital divide.

“Government at all level is doing a lot of effort to ensure that this digital divide cuts across gender sensitivity.

“We have a lot of digital intervention projects and programmes that are aimed at ensuring that there is digital access to the communities.

“Of recent we came out with a new model of a project. We call it digital job creation centre and digital capacity centre. These are developed at community levels where we ensure that people in the communities in the schools have equal access to this.

“The idea is up to the society whether man or woman to come up and grab it.”

Managing Partner, Veritrax, Ayo Olagunju, said over 200 students from 11 schools in Abuja participated in the free ICT training offered by the organization.

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