The management of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) would like to bring to the attention of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Government owned companies, other government establishments and the general public that its efforts at streamlining as well as fast-tracking the process of the IT Projects Clearing House mandate has been fully automated.
The Agency, in line with its mandate to regulate the practice of Information Technology (IT) in the public sector, issued statements in November 2016 calling on Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and other establishments of the Federal Government to submit their Projects to be executed for IT clearance before commencement.
The clearance process is designed to achieve the following among others:
• track Government spending in IT and ensure synergy in National investments;
• ensure the availability of accurate statistics on Government’s IT assets and Investments to help government make informed IT decisions;
• prevent mismanagement of public funds and development of projects in silos where significant resources can be integrated to save costs, promote shared services, interoperability and improve efficiency; and
• ensure that the technology being implemented is up to date and suitable for the country from the security and environmental point of view.
The IT Projects Clearance regulation is designed to ensure that IT projects are properly conceptualized and executed in line with global best practices. Furthermore, it is designed to support Mr President’s fight against corruption by curbing the wastages and mismanagement of public funds on frivolous IT projects. The unanimous verdict of MDAs and other Federal Public Institutions that have gone through the process is that in addition to compliance with Federal Government directives, it is worthwhile and value adding. Furthermore, the process facilitated a saving of over 13 billion naira to the Federal Government.
The automation of the process enhances transparency, accountability, efficiency and effectiveness in the process of obtaining clearance. Henceforth, MDAs, Government owned companies and other Federal Public Institutions are expected to submit their projects via the IT Projects Clearance portal: https://clearance.nitda.gov.ng/
It may be recalled that a Federal Government Circular 59736/S.2C.II/125 of 31st August, 2018 and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, mandates all MDAs to submit their IT Projects for clearance by NITDA. It went further to state that Government Agencies should ensure “…strict compliance as future non-compliance will be considered a violation, which will be appropriately sanctioned….”
Furthermore, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, during the 2018 edition of the e-Nigeria International Conference and Exhibition in November, directed that “…Defaulters of IT Clearance among the public establishments are to be reported to government….”
MDAs, all Government owned companies and other Federal Public Institutions are advised to comply with these directives as non-compliance constitutes a breach of the Agency’s regulations and is considered a criminal offence, punishable under the NITDA Act 2007. Further information can be found on the Agency’s website: www.nitda.gov.ng
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is a Federal Government Agency established in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy as well as coordinate general IT development and regulation in the country. Specifically, Section 6(a, b & c) of the Act mandates NITDA to create a framework for the planning, research, development, standardization, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of Information Technology practices, activities and systems in Nigeria. It also provides guidelines to facilitate the establishment and maintenance of appropriate infrastructure for information technology and systems application and development in Nigeria for public and private sectors, urban-rural development, the economy and the government. In addition, NITDA renders advisory services in all information technology matters to the public and private sectors as well as appropriate information technology legislations.
Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, MCPN
Director General/CEO, National Information Technology Development Agency, Corporate Headquarters, Abuja 2nd January, 2019