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EFCC, NITDA, partner on N42.5tn IT projects

…..Government officials steal through ICT
As the Federal Government appropriates N42.5 trillion to Information Technology (IT) projects for the year 2017, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have agreed to synergise to ensure the nation gets return on her investments.

This agreement was reached when the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu-led his management staff to a working visit at the agency’s corporate headquarters, Abuja.

Director General of NITDA, Dr. Isa Pantami said the EFCC’s visit is key to the growth and development of the country, in the fight against corruption

Pantami explained that the effort of the EFCC in the fight against corruption would enhance development and better living standards for citizenry.

The DG NITDA lamented that some MDAs repeatedly engage in IT projects, for which there is no provision to sustain them, stressing that IT is one of the areas used to siphon government funds simply because of its complexity.

He added that many MDAs come to NITDA to seek IT clearance for their projects and services, which the agency has professionals and experts that would analyse the project critically to know its authenticity before embarking on such project so as to save funds for the government.

Magu in his response appreciated the effort of NITDA in the fight against corruption, adding that the two government organizations have a lot in common, and needed to learn from each other for the growth and development of the country.

In a related development, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Consumer Protection Council (CPC), based on the complaints of Nigerians on poor products and services delivery have formed a working committee to hold providers of products and services accountable.

The Director General of CPC, Barrister Babatunde Irukera, who gave this indication when he paid a courtesy visit to the agency headquarters in Abuja, said, “The role of NITDA in the society is to improve technology services to the people” adding that IT controls significant number of human endeavours.

He said there was need for a national framework from NITDA to serve as a tool for proper discharge of their duties, adding that creating standards will enable CPC full implementation.

The NITDA DG, in his remarks, urged regulatory bodies to work together for the country’s development.

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