Nigerian IT outsourcing watchdog to be setup
- Published on 02 August 2012
Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (Nitda) says it has set aside set aside N20 million to create an umbrella body that will regulate IT outsourcing companies in the country.
IT outsourcing in Nigeria has been hampered by being associated with online fraud, a lack of a robust legal framework that enables outsourcing and insufficient infrastructure and power supplies.
However, Cleopas Angaye, director general of Nitda has said that despite these challenges, the IT outsourcing sector in Nigeria is growing. And, therefore, it needs special attention to facilitate further growth.
“It is our believe that if the sector is well governed through the umbrella body, it will open doors for enhanced job creation, quick source of revenue for Nigeria and improved performance,” he said.
The proposed umbrella body for IT Outsourcing is patterned after the likes of National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) of India, and the Ghana Association of Software and IT Service Companies (Gasscom)