Nigeria Maintains Ban on Foreign ICT Products
By Peter UGWU
ABUJA: The Federal Government has maintained that its ground on compulsory for all federal government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to purchase only locally made ICT products and services.
According to a circular from the presidency, all such purchases must be certified by the National Information Technology Development Agency of Nigeria (Nitda).
Although it was during Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration that the ban was set however the new signal as activated by the present government was endorsed by Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, secretary to the federal government thereby giving the policy teeth to bite any MDA failed to patronize locally produced ICT equipment.
In concretizing the policy, President Goodluck Jonathan has gone a step further with a circular “Guidelines for the purchase of locally assembled Computers” dated July 17, 2012.
The circular said that the government was aiming to achieve the development of an indigenous ICT industry, wealth and job creation, expansion of the domestic market for Nigeria information technology products and acceleration of IT penetration and adoption in Nigeria.