The country spends about $2bn (N611.5bn at the official exchange rate of N305.75 to a dollar) on Information Technology projects across the country annually, the National Information Technology Development Agency announced on Tuesday.
The agency also stated that it had saved over N6bn for the Federal Government through
its advisory role in the last one year, adding that the agency had
always strived to correct the errors in IT projects.
The Director-General, NITDA, Isa Pantani, who disclosed these at a stakeholders’
workshop on Information Technology Projects Clearance Guidelines and Portal in Abuja,
told participants at the event that some of the IT projects in the country
failed due to poor conceptualisation and planning.
Represented by his Technical Assistant, Kashifu Inuwa, the NITDA boss,
however, stated that through the projects’ clearance initiated by the agency,
the ills identified by his organisation in government IT projects would be corrected.
He said the projects’ clearance would further entrench IT products
manufacturing and services in Nigeria.
Patani stated, “Our goal at the NITDA is to use the IT projects’ clearance process to
correct the ills identified above and to further entrench IT product manufacturing
and services in Nigeria. I am delighted to report to this gathering that our collaboration
with relevant government organisations on this initiative is already yielding positive fruits.
“For instance, the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation now issues audit
queries to MDAs, which refuse to get NITDA clearance before embarking on their
IT projects, while the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is also partnering us
to investigate government agencies that might be breaching the NITDA guidelines and policies.”
According to Patani, the NITDA has intensified its collaboration with other agencies of the
Federal Government, and has rendered various IT advisory services
to the different organisations.
He noted, “We also have a firm understanding with the Bureau for Public Procurement such
that the NITDA clearance is now a prerequisite for the issuance of certificates of no objection
on IT projects. The agency has within the last one year saved the
Federal Government over N6bn on IT projects.
This is apart from the various advisory and support services given
to the MDAs without charge.
“The IT clearance portal is a state-of-the-art website with intelligent
analytics capability that will make the clearance process more
evidence-based and transparent.”