In a move towards enhancing the efficiency and quality of Information Technology (IT) services within the Federal Government of Nigeria, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has embarked on a thorough review of the Guidelines for Registration of ICT Service Providers/Contractors.
Initially introduced in 2018, these guidelines were designed to establish a seamless registration process for indigenous IT service providers, ensuring the delivery of top-notch IT projects to various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of the Federal Government. The framework aimed to uphold the highest standards of professionalism in IT services and foster the growth of local IT companies, aligning with relevant Presidential Executive Orders.
Recognizing the need for improvements since the issuance of the guidelines, NITDA has identified key objectives, including enhancing the efficiency of the registration process, promoting indigenous IT service provision, and ensuring the engagement of competent vendors for IT service delivery to government entities. This aligns with the current administration’s emphasis on collective prosperity through efficiency and innovation.
The ongoing review, expected to result in amendments to the guidelines, signifies a strategic effort to create opportunities for Nigerian companies to offer more digital services. Simultaneously, it aims to fortify the ease of doing business for IT service providers operating within the country.
NITDA, in its commitment to inclusivity, invites collaboration with all stakeholders to ensure that Nigerians benefit from the advancements in Information Technology. The agency extends an invitation to the public for comments, inputs, and feedback on the proposed amendments until Sunday, 21st January 2024. Interested parties can share their perspectives through the provided link: https://nitda.gov.ng/draft-regulatory-instruments/