NITDA bans HP, DELL, ACER computer, others from govt. offices

The Federal Government, through the National Information Technology Development Agency

 (NITDA), last week, banned the purchase of foreign computers (desktops and laptops) and technology products in public institutions and schools.

At stakeholders’ forum comprising IT experts and ICT journalists held in Lagos, NITDA Director-General, Professor Cleopas Angaye, said the step is taken by the agency to protect local IT hardware companies and encourage patronage of “Made-in-Nigeria” products and foster growth in the local ICT industry.

According to Angaye, who was represented at the two-day  retreat by Director, Standards and Regulation, NITDA, Inye Kemabonta, “As from today, purchase of foreign made IT products and computers is an offence punishable by a prison term, fine or both if flouted in the emerging dispensation by the agency to foster patronage of local ICT products and services.
“It will now be punishable for public procurement of non-made-in-Nigeria computers and IT products where certified local brands exist. Public funds should only be expended on locally manufactured products.”
Speaking further, Angaye said that it is disheartening that we are not consuming what we manufacture. A situation one finds all the multinational firms operating only marketing and sales promotion offices in the country is unreasonable. In his words: “The transformation of Nigeria into a developed economy cannot be achieved by being a consumer nation. To benefit from this policy, multinational companies are invited to set up production or assembly plants in Nigeria. With more than half the population of West Africa, Nigeria has a large market to justify foreign direct investment in Information Technology,”



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