NITDA clear­ance, a must on IT projects, Au­di­tor Gen­eral tells MDAs

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Zakariyya Adaramola

The Au­di­tor Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion, Mr An­thony Mkpe Ayine, has di­rected staff of his of­fice to hence­forth re­quest clear­ance by the Na­tional In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Devel­op­ment Agency (NITDA) on any IT project when au­dit­ing the ac­counts of MDAs.

The Fed­eral Govern­ment in a cir­cu­lar, SGF/6/S.19/T/65 of April 18, 2016, man­dated Min­istries Depart­ments and Agen­cies (MDAs) to seek clear­ance from NITDA be­fore de­ploy­ing any IT project in the coun­try.

This in­forms Mr Ayine’s di­rec­tive yes­ter­day at the Au­dit House Abuja when the man­age­ment of NITDA, led by the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pan­tami, paid a work­ing visit in fur­ther­ance of col­lab­o­ra­tive drive to en­sure value for money on pro­cure­ment of IT goods and ser­vices in the coun­try.

Mr Ayine stated that “The Of­fice of Au­di­tor Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion would be pleased to col­lab­o­rate with NITDA in the ar­eas of devel­op­ment of stan­dards and the reg­u­la­tion of the IT in­dus­try. Any MDA that in­tro­duces IT without NITDA’s clear­ance should be sub­jected to au­dit query,’’ he added.

He stated fur­ther that the law en­abled NITDA to pros­e­cute any vi­o­la­tor of the Act, adding that ef­forts are on­go­ing to call vi­o­la­tors to order and if they did not re­trace their step, “We will be glad to press charges against them and com­mit them to jail terms.”

He added that “We need to sup­port each other and col­lab­o­rate in au­dit­ing IT projects. Most MDAs use IT projects to siphon pub­lic funds and au­dit­ing the IT projects in line with the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s cir­cu­lar will help a lot in re­duc­ing this anath­ema.”

The NITDA boss re­vealed that the pres­i­dency has been sup­port­ive of the agency by redi­rect­ing the MDAs to seek clear­ance from it be­fore em­bark­ing on any IT project.

He said the re­cent in­ter­ven­tion of the Fed­eral Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil on a memo from an MDA on IT project re­cently, saved the coun­try N500 mil­lion.

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