The Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami reiterates his support for the development of local content technologies in Nigeria.
Dr Pantami made this remark when the management of Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) paid a courtesy visit to the Agency’s Corporate Headquarters in Abuja to solicit for NITDA’s support in promoting CWG as an indigenous local technology provider.
The DG while appreciating the visit, commended their efforts towards local content development that will boost our economy and create jobs for our citizens.
He asserted that “NITDA’s top priority is regulating the IT sector, the NITDA Act of 2007, empowers the Agency as a semi- legislator which allows us to partake in any activities that will aid towards attaining desired goals. Strategic and Actionable plans are being put in place to promote and develop local content that will yield better quality thereby, attracting foreign investors in the Information Technology (IT) sector of the country”.
Pantami reiterated his 100% support for local content policy development, stating that there is need for local Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to improve on quality that will translate to improved patronage thus serving as a cash cow to the economy.
“I will have a meeting with all registered OEM’s in Nigeria with the view of coming up with a strategic and actionable plan on how to improve on the quality, and quantity of computer gadgets being manufactured in the country” he said.
Speaking earlier, the Managing Director/ CEO of CWG, Mr James Agada appreciates NITDA for advocating for local content development, adding that CWG will be willing to partner with the Agency in the areas of eAgric, eHealth, eGovernment using local technologies.
Agada revealed that, CWG, which was established in 1993, is a solutions provider specialising in networking and software development vital to identifying and improving economic and social challenges. He cited his company’s recent partnership with the Kano State Electricity Distribution Company as an example of their commitment. “CWG has designed both soft and hardware for monitoring meters, to improve service delivery for consumers in Kano state and we can extend that partnership nationwide”.
He reiterated his support for the development and promotion of local content policy, and also finding solutions to problems within the Information Technology (IT) sector of the country as according to him, his organization develops both hardware and software are developed locally with the enthusiasm to build our economy and create jobs.
He further stated that CWG seeks collaborations with NITDA in specific areas which fall within its mandate , being recognised as a local producing company in the IT sector, and to support NITDA towards the enforcement of Information Technology (IT) regulatory roles that will boost the IT sector of the country in line with the much needed economic diversification.
On his part, Dr Agu Collins Agu, Director IT Infrastructure Solutions (ITIS) at NITDA said there is a paradigm shift in the Agency with enthusiasm towards positive output in the IT sector, to drive local content development. In his words, “NITDA is training Nigerians with the Enthusiasm to bring out diverse innovate ideas, and when put into proper coordination, this will serve as solutions to problems thus, creating jobs and a revenue flow for the country”.