COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE ICTLOCA CONVERGENCE SERIES (COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE) ORGANIZED BY ASSOCIATION OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY LOCAL CONTENT (ICTLOCA) WHICH HELD ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2020 AT TOPAS HUB, ALAKA ESTATE, SURULERE, LAGOS.
Understanding that ICTLOCA is an Industry Group, registered as a non-governmental organization with a mandate to advocate, promote and protect the interest of ICT Local Content Practitioners and other Local Content Professionals using ICT, in contributing to the growth and development of the Digital Economy.
We appreciate the support and presence of the keynote address taken by the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), the presence and contribution of the EVC of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and the participation of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) and Community NetHubs (CN).
ICTLOCA also acknowledges and appreciates the participation and contributions of members of Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA), SystemSpecs, Local Content Diplomacy (LCD), Nigerian Content Consultative Forum in ICT (NCCF-ICT), and other Individual Organizations duly represented.
After thorough deliberations, the Community resolved to advocate for the execution of the following recommendations:
- Government to encourage deliberate consumption of local ICT goods and services in the public and private sectors, according to available Acts and Executive Orders.
- All Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that the websites of Nigerian Companies registered or bidding for contracts must be hosted locally, use a .ng domain name and email address.
- MDAs to provide ICTLOCA access to Annual Nigerian Content Performance Report relating to ICT Contracts across industry sectors and other relevant information that will assist the Association.
- NITDA should certify Local ICT Software and Local Software Vendors.
- Stakeholders must ensure that Enforcement and Monitoring of Local Content Laws and Policies of Government on the promotion of local content in ICT (by CPN, NITDA, NCC and other relevant regulatory bodies) are implemented.
- MDAs to maintain a database of the formal and informal ICT skills and capabilities, with Open (statistics) Data Access to all Stakeholders.
- Government through its MDAs to identify, support and fund young innovators in the ICT industry and implement intervention programmes to correct the identified skills/competence gap.
- MDAs to support ICTLOCA’s efforts to ensure the patronage of local ICT goods and services.
- CPN certification should be a sufficient requirement for the registration of ICT practitioners on the NJQS.
- Stakeholders to Intensify collaborations between NCDMB and NCCF-ICT to increase awareness and sensitization of practitioners in the ICT industry through ICTLOCA with the adaptation of the Ten (10) Years Strategic Plan.
- NCDMB in collaboration with NITDA, NCC and other relevant government agencies should support existing and new ICT Hubsto be more efficient, sustainable and relevant to the needs of the industry.
- Government through the relevant regulatory agencies should encourage all to adhere to local content laws and policies.
- All relevant sections of the Acts and Executive Orders related to promotion of Local Content should be translated into guidelines.
- MDAs to collaborate with ICTLOCA to immediately conduct a survey to determine the quantum of ICT goods and services utilized in the sector, the percentage provided by Nigerians and foreigners and the Skill set required majorly.by local ICT practitioners to undertake the provisions of ICT goods and services in the sector.
- MDAs to facilitate the participation of OEMs and ICT practitioners in Nigeria to drive investment in Local Content.
- NCDMB to organize relevant trainings and seminars for ICT practitioners to enlighten them on project tendering and ICT Jobs and Service contract awards processes and implementation in the Oil and Gas Sector.
- All Stakeholders (Public and Private Sectors) to ensure promotion of Ethics and Standard (Hard work pays).
- It is advised that NCDMB should consider the possibility of unbundling jobs in the Oil and Gas Sector to create opportunities for Local ICT SMEs to partake in projects that are relatively within their financial capability.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, and Nigeria should not be left behind. We believe that we must change our mindset and effectively improve on Research and Capacity Building, core to the foundation of Industry 4.0.
For the ICT Local Content Community,
Adebunmi Adeola Akinbo