Nov 11, 2020

Powers And Functions of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA)

National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is a public service institution established by NITDA Act 2007 as the ICT policy implementing arm of the Federal Ministry of Communication of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It has sole responsibility of developing programs that caters for the running of ICT related activities in the country. NITDA is also mandated with the implementation of policies guideline for driving ICT in Nigeria. The Board shall have power to formulate overall policy for the management of the affairs of the Agency; and manage the National Information Technology Development Fund established under Section 12 of the Act including;

(c) Appoint, promote, terminate, dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over the principal officers and senior staff of the Agency;

(d) Structure the Agency into such number of departments as it deems fit for the effective discharge of the functions of the Agency; and

(e) Exercise such powers as are necessary of expedient for giving effect to the provision of this Act.


The functions of the Agency as provided in Section 6 of the NITDA Act include:

(a) Create a frame work for the planning, research, development, standardization, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of Information Technology practices, activities and systems in Nigeria and all matters related thereto and for that purpose, and which without detracting from the generality of the foregoing shall include providing universal access for Information Technology and systems penetration including rural, urban and under-served areas.

(b) Provide guidelines to facilitate the establishment and maintenance of appropriate for information technology and systems application and development in Nigeria for public and private sectors, urban-rural development, the economy and the government.

(c) Develop guidelines for electronic governance and monitor the use of electronic data interchange and other forms of electronic communication transactions as an alternative to paper-based methods in government, commerce, education, the private and public sectors, labour, and other fields, where the use of electronic communication may improve the exchange of data and information.

(d) Develop guidelines for the networking of public and private sector establishment.

(e) Develop guidelines for the standardization and certification of Information Technology Escrow Source Code and Object Code Domiciliation, Application and Delivery Systems in Nigeria.

(f) Render advisory services in all information technology matters to the public and private sectors.

(g) Create incentives to promote the use of information technology in all spheres of life in Nigeria including the setting up of information technology parks.

(h) Create incentives to promote the use of information technology in all spheres of life in Nigeria including the development of guidelines for setting up of information technology systems and knowledge parks.

(i) Introduce appropriate regulatory policies and incentives to encourage private sector investment in the information technology industry.

(j) Collaborate with any local or state Government, company, firm, or person in any activity, which in the opinion of the agency is intended to facilitate the attainment of the objective of this act.

(k) Determine critical areas in Information Technology requiring research intervention and Development in those areas.

(l) Advice the Government on ways of promoting the development of information technology in Nigeria including introducing appropriate information technology legislation, to enhance national security and vibrancy of the industry.

(m) Accelerate internet and intranet penetration in Nigeria and promote sound internet Governance by giving effect to the Second Schedule of this Act; and

(n) Perform such other duties, which in the opinion of the Agency are necessary or expedient to ensure the efficient performance of the functions of the Agency under this act.