lOCAL IS GLOBAL
In a bid to promote Local Content, the Federal Government of Nigeria enacted a law to protect and ensure that Local Practitioners in the ICT Sector was given an opportunity to compete on global standard through the procurement process.
The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) was established in 2010 by the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act. To achieve its mandate, NCDMB is to set guidelines and minimum content levels for project related activities across the oil and gas value chain.
After the inauguration of the Governing Board and in partnership with Local Content Diplomats (LCD), its resultant effect in the signing of the Executive Orders 3, led to the Presidential signing of the Executive Order 5. Both EOs have been impactful to the NCDMB 10 Years Master Plan and effective planning across sectors.
The ICT Local Content Association is to ensure that ICT
practitioners are allowed to benefit from the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry
Content Development (NOGICD) Act, which has provided them the right and
platform to participate in the provisions of ICT goods and services in the oil
and gas sector. Also to tap into the over $190 billion local content market
following the creation of the Nigerian Content Consultative Forum ICT
(NCCF-ICT) sectoral working group by the Nigerian Content Development and
Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
The body represents the interest of ICT practitioners in the oil and gas
sector. The Local Content Act allows Nigerian ICT players to provide 75 per
cent rental of communication lines, 85 per cent telecommunication subscription
services; 95 percent of public address system services as well as 75 percent of
other information system/ IT services. The Act allows Nigerian IT Practitioners
who are to provide up to 45 per cent of Network Installation/Support Services.
51 per cent of Software Development and Support Services, 51 per cent of Computer-Based
Modeling Services, 51 per cent of Computer-Based Simulation/Training Programmes
Services and 51 per cent of CAL/CAP Services.
Others include 50 per cent of Hardware Installation Support Services, 50 per cent of Operating System Installation/Support Services, 60 per cent of User Support/Help Desk Services, 70 per cent of Library Service, 50 per cent of IT Management Consultancy Services, 50 per cent of Data Management Services, 60 per cent of Telecommunication Installation/Support Services and 60 per cent of Data and Message Transmitting Services.
There is lack of awareness/information about the provisions of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Executive Orders and Acts, such as the NOGICD Act. The Act, in recognizing the importance of IT/ICT to the Oil and Gas Sector, specifically in section 58(f) of the Act, directed the NCDMB to set up the NCCF- ICT required to consist of Stakeholders, Government and Regulatory Agencies in the ICT. According to Section 12 of the NOGICD Act, Nigerians are to be given FIRST CONSIDERATION for the provisions of goods and services in the sector.
ICTLOCA is ready for the task ahead !