Zonal Offices Directorates
The Agency has also created Zonal Offices Directorate to coordinate the established zonal offices in some geopolitical zones – in Lagos for the South-West, in Port-Harcourt for the South-South and in Kano for the North West. The North Central Zone, Abuja Office will be distinct from Headquarters Office. This will greatly facilitate IT development at the grass root for empowerment and ensure proper domestication and coordination of the Agency’s activities within the zones. The zonal offices will also maintain liaison with the state governments within their areas of coverage.
The Agency is expected to establish more zonal offices in other geopolitical zones such as; Gombe for the North East, Enugu for the South East, and Abuja for the North Central Zone.
Zonal Offices Directorate was created to pursue the following three main pillars in the implementation of The National Information Technology Policy (NITP) 2000:
- Supporting the expansion of investment options in critical IT infrastructure
- Stimulating creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship
- Strengthening the linkage between the centre and the sub nationals
- South-West in Lagos
- South-South in Port-Harcourt
- North West in Kano
The functions include:
- To ensure coordination and Increased access to IT policy initiatives in the Six Geopolitical Zones of the Country;
- To develop and drive strategies that will encourage and improve the adoption of the use of Information Technology in government service delivery;
- To coordinate the 36 State government’s adoption of IT tools in service delivery;
- To promote the adoption of e-government services and collaborate with state MDAs in developing tailor made plans and strategies for e-Government in Nigeria;
- To support in the regulation and licensing of e vendors that intend to do business or collaborate with MDAs in the delivery of IT products and services;
- To support and ensure the implementation of Standards for Government websites and handle matters relating to the .gov.ng domain;
- To monitor and ensure compliance with all NITDA regulatory documents, National IT policies and directives;
- To develop and regulate outsourcing in the IT sector as well as license all IT outsourcing practitioners;
- Monitor and improve access and utilization of Internet Exchange Points.