NITDA calls for strict local data hosting in Nigeria

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has urged federal, public institutions, Information Technology (IT) service providers to strictly comply with  guidelines on hosting government data locally for easy governance.

The Director General of NITDA, Dr Isa Pantami, said the need for compliance was according to the agency’s Section 14 of the Regulatory Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in Information Communication Technology (ICT).

“NITDA will like to bring to the attention of federal public institutions, IT service providers to  Federal Government and all data management firms doing business in Nigeria on the need for strict compliance to its guidelines.

“This section provides framework for repatriation and hosting of all Nigerian government data within the country.

“The agency notes that prior to the operation and full implementation of the Regulatory Guidelines for Nigerian Content Development in ICT, a sizeable component of government data was hosted outside Nigeria,” he said.

The director general added that the agency as mandated by law,  would be penalising erring institutions.

“The situation has now changed as NITDA’s compliance monitoring activity reveales that substantial data assets of the Federal Government are already hosted in Nigeria.

“These include the Government Integrated and Financial Management Information System, Integrated Tax System, Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System and the Treasury Single Account (TSA) have been repatriated and now hosted within the country.”

He reiterared that government data was  national resources needed to be hosted locally for easy analysis, improvement of governance and development of the country.

The NITDA boss also adviced Data Centers and Cloud Service Providers operating in the country to comply with  requirements of information security management, global best practices,standards for better service delivery.