The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has reorganised the process of registering and certifying indigenous Information Technology (IT) Indigenous Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs to better ensure OEMs comply with quality assessment standards in line with global best practice.
In an official statement released in Abuja this week from the office of the its Director General/CEO, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, the agency says 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”
The release alerts all stakeholders including indigenous IT OEMs, ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), other government establishments, and the organised private sector that the reorganization of the registering and certifying process for all indigenous IT OEMs has commenced. The statement further states:
“All previously registered indigenous IT OEMs whose certifications have expired should note that continuance sale of machines and equipment not tested and certified by NITDA is a violation of existing rules and procedures of the Agency. They are therefore advised to initiate the recertification process with immediate effect. 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. 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.