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FG saves over N22b through IT clearance regulation

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FEDERAL government has saved about N22.45 billion through the enforcement of the guideline for the clearance of information technology projects in federal public institutions.

 Director-General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Abdullahi, announced this during the agency’s 20th anniversary press conference in Abuja yesterday.

 According to him, enforcement of the guideline, which was one of the regulatory instruments of NITDA started in 2016 with its implementation helping to address unnecessary spendings on IT projects in public institutions.

 “Some of the regulatory instruments were operational before their release. The enforcement of the IT Clearance Process of NITDA, for example, started in December 2016. In addition to the value addition to IT project delivery, the IT clearance has saved over N22.45bn for the federal government,” Abdullahi said.

 It will be recalled that NITDA as the clearing house of IT projects in Nigeria is mandated to clear all IT projects in line with policy objectives of federal government to maximise transparency and accountability in carrying out IT projects by public institutions.

 Consequently, federal government issued a Circular No SGF/6/S.19/T/65 of 18th April 2006 directing that all public institutions planning to embark on any IT project shall obtain clearance from NITDA.

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