The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) yesterday insisted on registering and licensing information technology (IT) contractors despite opposition to the move by the Nigerian Computer Society (NCS).
It said it agreed with NCS position that the Computer Professionals (Registration Council) of Nigeria as a Council is mandated to have control and supervision of the (Computing) profession as provided by Section 1(2) of the Computer Professionals (Registration council of Nigeria) Act.
It said the registration of IT contractors and service providers by NITDA is in line with NITDA’s mandate as specifically stated in Section 6 (a,f) NITDA Act 2007, which mandates it to create a framework for the planning, research, development, standardisation, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of IT practices, activities and systems in Nigeria. It is also to render advisory services on all IT matters to the public and private sectors.
“Therefore, it is within the regulatory and developmental role of NITDA to ensure that IT contractual practices and project delivery in the public sector are done in accordance with best practices, within acceptable standards and in the interest of the development of IT in Nigeria.
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