The management of the National Information Technolog Development Agency (NITDA) has introduced new certification procedure for all Information Technology (IT) Indigenous Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
The Agency also urged all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), other government establishments, the organised private sector and the general public to comply with the new procedure of registering and certifying indigenous IT OEMs.
In a statement on Thursday signed by Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Director General/CEO of NITDA, he said that the reorganisation became necessary considering the incessant complaints received from consumers of indigenous IT devices.
“It is also aimed at facilitating and ensuring adherence to world class standards. This will guarantee the quality and durability of locally assembled devices.
“NITDA will henceforth mandate quality after-sales-support as a significant part of the registration and certification process and as mandatory part of the operations of all indigenous OEMs, Pantami stated.
The NITDA boss also said that all previously registered indigenous IT OEMs whose certifications have expired should note that continuance of sale of machines and equipment not tested and certified by NITDA is a violation of existing rules and procedures of the Agency.
“We also call on all customers to demand current certification of NITDA before devices are purchased from indigenous OEMs.
“All other entities desirous of assembling and selling IT devices in Nigeria should also apply to the Agency for registration and certification, Interested entities should note that only NITDA registered indigenous OEMs are entitled to the reliefs and incentives as contained in the Regulatory Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT 2013” he stated.
Pantami explained that the certification process of OEMs and the Regulatory Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT 2013 are issued and implemented pursuant to Section 6 of the National information Technology Development Act 2007.
Myke Uzendu, Abuja