The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said that it has streamlined and fully automated its processes aimed at fast-tracking IT Projects Clearing House mandate. Director General of the agency, Dr Isa Pantami, disclosed this in a statement released and addressed to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Government owned companies, other government establishments as well as the general public.
He noted that the Agency in line with its mandate to regulate the practice of Information Technology (IT) in the public sector, had issued statements in November 2016 calling on Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and other establishments of the Federal Government to submit for clearance IT Projects to be executed before commencement of such projects.
The clearance process according to him is designed to “track Government spending in IT and ensure synergy in National investments. Ensure the availability of accurate statistics on Government’s IT assets and Investments to help government make informed IT decisions and to prevent mismanagement of public funds and development of projects in silos where significant resources can be integrated to save costs, promote shared services, interoperability and improve efficiency”.
He added that the clearance would also ensure that the technology being implemented is up to date and suitable for the country from the point of view of security and the environment.
Pantami added that IT Projects Clearance regulation is designed to ensure that IT projects are properly conceptualized and executed in line with global best practices. He noted that the project is designed to support Mr President’s fight against corruption by curbing the wastages and mismanagement of public funds on frivolous IT projects.
“The unanimous verdict of MDAs and other Federal Public Institutions that have gone through the process is that, in addition to compliance with Federal Government directives, it is worthwhile and value adding. “Furthermore, the process facilitated a saving of over 13 billion naira to the Federal Government,” he added.