NITDA reaffirms need for local data hosting

Deputy President, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Mrs Ola Owolabi (left); Acting Director- General, National Information Technology  Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Vincent Olatunji; President NCS, Prof. Sola Aderounmu and Provost College of Fellows, NCS, Deacon Ojinta Oji Alala, during the visit of Olatunji to NCS in Lagos.

Deputy President, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Mrs Ola Owolabi (left); Acting Director- General, National Information Technology<br />Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Vincent Olatunji; President NCS, Prof. Sola Aderounmu and Provost College of Fellows, NCS, Deacon Ojinta Oji Alala, during the visit of Olatunji to NCS in Lagos.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has reaffirmed the need to localise data hosting in Nigeria.Speaking during his visit to Rack Centre, a Tier lll data centre in Lagos, the Acting Director-General of NITDA, Dr. Vincent Olatunji stressed that the position of the Federal Government has been that data generated in the country should be hosted locally.

“We will do everything within our powers to ensure that the Nigerian government’s policy on local hosting of government data in the country is fully implemented,” Olatunji said.

The NITDA acting DG, who was conducted round the facility by the Managing Director of Rack Centre, Ayotunde Coker, said that it was necessary that all efforts be made in conjunction with the office of the local content to support viable companies like Rack Centre.

“This facility surpasses every other data centre that I had visited within and outside the country and we need to have all hands on deck to develop the Information and Communications Technology sector, considering its impact on all the other sectors of the economy,” he said.

Meanwhile, Coker said, “We are delighted that the NITDA acting director-general acknowledges the quality of Rack Centre in comparison to other places he has visited, even in more advanced economies. Rack Centre is the only true carrier neutral data centre and the best connected in Africa”

The NITDA was created in 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Policy and to coordinate general IT development in the country and to create a framework for the planning, research, development, standardisation, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and registration of Information Technology, practices and systems in Nigeria.

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