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MDAs IT projects: 90% fail, 95% security compromised - NITDA
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By Biodun Folarin
February 12, 2018 10:13:22am GMT      |      Views: 319

WorldStage Newsonline--- Over 90% of Information Technology (IT) projects in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and other government establishments usually end up as failure and more than 95% of their security being compromised, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has revealed on Monday.

Dr Isa Pantami, Director General, NITDA gave the disclosure in a statement  in Abuja, that the Agency was dismayed at the rising number of failing IT projects within Federal MDAs and other government establishments.

Pantami noted that it has put measures in place to register and license all IT Contractors and Service Providers for the purposes of procurements, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and other forms of engagement with Government establishments and Private Sector, as mandated by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said, “The process aims at ensuring the emergence of robust indigenous IT Service Providers and Contractors, guaranteeing the delivery of sustainable IT projects as well as engendering professionalism in the IT service industry.

“The process will also ensure that IT projects in MDAs will only be executed by indigenous companies where in-country capacity exists. As part of the process, NITDA will monitor and ensure the capacity development of Nigerians employed by IT Contractors and other Service providers.

Furthermore, the Agency will, in conjunction with relevant agencies, investigate failed project  to determine the root cause  and apply sanctions where necessary or to refer such cases to other relevant authorities.

According to him, all firms desirous of providing IT services and contracts to Federal MDAs and other government establishments are advised to initiate the registration process with immediate effect.

“Guidelines on the registration process can be accessed by visiting NITDA’s website, alternatively, an application can be written to the Agency in order to initiate the process.

Interested entities should note that only NITDA registered firms and companies will be recognised as having capabilities for the provision of IT services to Federal MDAs and other government establishments. All MDAs and other government establishments are advised to consult NITDA before any IT firm is engaged for the purposed of providing IT related services.”


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