Laying aside arguments on which organisation is constitutionally empowered to register and license IT Contractors and Service Providers in Nigeria, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria) have agreed to work towards ridding the industry of quacks.
This, the duo agreed was to save the government and private organisations billions of naira lost to failed IT projects.
President/Chairman-in-Council, Prof. Charles Uwadia, of the Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria) led leadership of the Council to the Agency’s Corporate Headquarters, Abuja on Tuesday, to also solicit collaboration to advance the IT profession and the IT Industry forward.
The meeting, TechEconomy.ng learnt, was necessitated by the recent claims and counter claims between NITDA and the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) which argued that NITDA’s recent moves of registering and licensing IT contractors and service providers was contrary to its establishing Act; an argument NITDA has also rebutted.
Addressing the delegation of CPN, NITDA’s DG, Dr. Isa Pantami said, “Our registration of IT contractors at NITDA is to review and ascertain the capacity of the vendor companies, the rate of failed IT projects in Nigeria is alarming.
“There is need for all stakeholders in the IT Industry to work together, no one can do it alone, collaboration is key to success”, he solicited the Professionals understanding.
In a telephone interview with TechEconomy.ng, the Registrar/ Secretary to Council, Mr. Allwell Achumba, said the visit to NITDA was not to raise any point of order rather to cement the existing cordial relationships.
According to him, “NITDA is CPN’s baby; so there was no such existing in-fighting. We only went there to discuss on how to move the industry forward. NITDA is right on the worrisome state of failed IT projects. We have been speaking about this; asking government to always call on professionals to handle these projects. Therefore, the only thing we are saying is let the Agency work with us, because we have the database of qualified and competent members- both individuals and organisations that can handle such gigantic and multi-million naira projects.
“We don’t want IT projects to continue to fail because such is not good for the industry and the economy. In fact, one of the outcome of our meeting is that a standing Committee will be constituted to ensure that things are ironed out properly and done professionally”.
Early in the week, NITDA released a statement of intent to register and issue licenses to IT Professionals (contractors) and other service providers who executive projects for the Government.
NITDA’s argument was lack of proper supervision and monitoring of the activities of the contractors which has led to several failed IT projects among MDAs.
This didn’t go down well with the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), the advocacy group in the industry.
In a counter statement released by NCS, the Body rebuked NITDA for going beyond its establishing Act.
However, NITDA responded, stating its resolve to end the menace in the country.
The arguments attracted attention of CPN, which is the body empowered by the establishing Act to maintain records of registered professionals.