Lagos- The Nigerian House of Representatives has called for the synchronization of all major information and communication technology projects in the country.
These are currently done by different government agencies.
Speaking during an oversight visit to Galaxy Backbone ICT project, the House Committee Chairman on ICT, Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, said synchronizing all major ICT projects in the country, would reduce the $550 million being spent on ICT related schemes annually.
Gusau queried what he alleged was the wasteful duplication of ICT projects by Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), and National
Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
He urged these to work together with the Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) to consolidate their data under the same umbrella as a cost saving measure.
Gusau said the country was utilizsing about 15 to 20 percent of its annual budget on ICT-related expenses and that the committee was ready to champion the crusade for a shift in the line of expenditure.
“I am concerned that the scarce forex that we have is being spent outside the country.
"About $550 million goes out to foreign service providers. 15 to 20 per cent of the National Budget goes to ICT-related services on a yearly basis,” he said.
He added that his committee would push for a consolidation of all the MDAs ICT programmes in the 2014 budget.
- CAJ News