The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), as part of its mandate and in furtherance of the implementation of the Executive Order no 003 “Support for Local Content in Procurement by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Federal Government of Nigeria” recently issued by the Federal Government,, hosted a stakeholder meeting with indigenous Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) certified to operate in Nigeria. The session was held recently at the NITDA South West Zonal Office in Lagos. The OEMs were represented by their umbrella body, the Certified Computer Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (CCMON) as well as CEOs and stakeholders in the IT manufacturing sub sector.
The meeting was convened to, among others, achieve the following objectives:
- strengthen partnerships and discuss strategies that will ensure the required quality is upheld in manufacturing practices; and
- discuss areas of collaboration for increased and sustained patronage of indigenous IT products and services.
The Director General of NITDA Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, in his remarks, commended the association and its members for their initiatives and resilience in running their operations inspite of the peculiar challenges in the industry. He also assured them of the support of the Agency in implementing the Executive Order to ensure patronage of indigenous IT products and services. He however charged them on the need to improve the quality of their devices, as NITDA has experienced and, received numerous complaints on the quality of locally assembled devices. Dr. Pantami reiterated the Agency’s willingness to intervene swiftly where necessary to ensure that locally manufactured/assembled IT components fulfill the requirements of globally acceptable standards.
In his response on behalf of the members of CCMON, Mr Bode Pedro, the President of the Association, thanked the Director General and his team for hosting the meeting and commended the leadership NITDA has demonstrated in the implementation of the Executive Order. He also remarked that the recent surge in IT compliance among both the public and private sectors in the country, is a welcome development and an indication that the Agency is living up to its regulatory and developmental roles. He assured the Director General of CCMON’s preparedness to collaborate with NITDA to develop the IT Manufacturing sub sector in Nigeria.
Resolutions from the meeting include:
- CCMON will partner with NITDA to roll out after sales services, support and maintenance centres to its patrons. These centers will commence operations in major cities of Nigeria, as from October 2017;
- CCMON will be included in the stakeholders’ implementation committee for the Executive Order 003 on Local Content in IT procurement; and
- NITDA will set mechanisms for auditing and sanctioning OEMs who supply sub-standard or dysfunctional devices.
Signed: Uwa Suleiman