NITDA Boss Urges MDAs, OPS to Patronize Data Centres

The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Isa Ibrahim Ali Pantami,

on Monday urged Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and the Organized Private Sector (OPS) to patronize the country's data Centres.

Briefing ICT reporters on importance of of data Centres to national development in Abuja, the Director General (DG), said progress made in the adoption and utilization of ICT in both the public and private sectors of the economy makes hosting data and information inevitable.

He said, it is disheartening to note the current practices of both public and private sector organizations hosting data offshore, despite the country having highly reliable Tier III Data Centers, certified by various international organizations and guaranteeing almost 100 percent availability as well as multiple layers of security.

Furthermore, hosting data locally, he added guarantees reduction in cost and capital flight, digital job creation, increased security, and increase in tax revenues thereby boosting the local economy.

The DG said: "It may be recalled that section 14.1 of the guidelines for Nigerian content development in ICT makes it mandatory for data and information management firms to host government data locally within the country and shall not for any reason host any government data outside the country without an express approval from NITDA."

Furthermore, he said in section 14.3 of the guidelines, the agency is working with local data hosting firms to set appropriate service level requirements and standards for data service provisioning.

He said: "The Office for Nigerian Content Development in ICT (ONC), NITDA’s Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), has been restructured and charged with the responsibility of developing, promoting and monitoring indigenous ICT adoption and utilization. In addition, adequate measures have been put in place to facilitate full compliance with these guidelines." 

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