NIGERIAN Content Consultative Forum ICT (NCCF-ICT) sectorial working group by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) has inaugurated the ICT Local Content Association (ICTLOCA) at the stakeholders meeting held in Lagos. ICTLOCA is the association responsible for the protection of interest of local ICT practitioners, enforcement and implementation of the NOGICD Act and other local content policies of government on the use and deployment of indigenous Information Communication Technology products and services in the oil and gas sector and other sectors of the Nigerian economy for the benefit of local ICT practitioners. The ceremony also witnessed the unveiling of the executives of the association among who are Barr. Akinwale Akingbade – President, Ms. Olubusayo Atoki – Vice President, Adebunmi Akinbo – Secretary, Gbolahan Awonuga – Treasurer and Mrs. Abibat Olatunji – Legal Adviser. 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) sectorial 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 percent 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 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.