By Etuka Sunday
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has unveiled five instruments for the regulation and development of information technology (IT) in the country.
NITDA said, the instruments would focus on accelerating the development of indigenous skills, technology transfer, use of indigenous manpower and local manufacturing.
Specifically, the five instruments unveiled were: guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as amended; Nigeria e-Govemment Interoperability Framework (Ne-GlF); Nigeria ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vision (NIIEV); Nigeria Cloud Computing Policy (NCCP); and Framework and Guidelines for ICT Adoption in Tertiary Institutions.
NITDA anchored the guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) on three core focus areas: driving indigenous innovation, developing the local ICT Industry and establishing Intellectual Property regulation and protection standards. Each of them has a set of related strategic goals.
The agency said, the Nigeria e-Govemment Interoperability Framework (Ne-GlF) provides tools, Specifications and recommendations based on open Standards for supporting public institutions in undertaking interoperability of e-government solutions and information exchange for the provision of digital services that require two or more public institutions.
It said, the Nigeria ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Vision (NIIEV) is a compendium of policy recommendations and incentives designed to strengthen the Nigerian technology ecosystem. It consists
of Digital Infrastructure development, Education Reform, Skills Development and R&D as well as Support for ICT Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Innovation.
The goal for the Nigeria Cloud Computing Policy (NCCP) is to ensure a 30% increase in the adoption of cloud computing by 2024 among Federal public institutions (FPIs) and SMEs that provide digital-enbled services to the government. The policy also targets 35% increase in cloud computing invest ‘1ents by 2024.
NITDA said, the goal for the Framework and Guidelines for ICT Adoption in Tertiary Institutions, is to provide a flexible and comprehensive general framework and guidelines for the deployment of ICT tools in Nigerian tertiary institutions for effective and efficient support of the core business processes of teaching, learning, research, and administration.
Speaking at the sign-off ceremony in Abuja Friday, the Director General of NITDA, Isa Ibrahim Pantami, said the instruments signed-off were intended to address various challenges confronting the country’s march towards effective ICT adoption.
The DG said: “NITDA will do everything possible to pursue vigorously, the implementation of the regulatory instruments and ensure their violators are appropriately sanctioned.
“The ICT sector cannot be effectively developed without relevant rules and regulations creating a certain level of uniformity, consistency and careful investments in the right type of technology needed in a country such as ours,” he said.
The signing-off event was witnessed by select group of public institutions, private organizations and individual Nigerians who have excelled in their spaces of IT development.
Peoples Daily recalls that on 7th May, 2017, the instruments were presented to the aforesaid groups for review.
Two out of the five documents presented, and three additional documents that had passed through NITDA rule-making process, were unveiled and signed-off.
Also speaking, the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule who was present at the event said, the state is seeking for ways to collaborate with NITDA in the area of ICT development.
“The only way to grow the economy of the state is through industralization and industralization will happen if there is efficient driven ICT.
“We have Six (6) e-Libraries in Nasarawa State and want them ICT hub in the state, hence the partnership with NITDA,” he said.