Guidelines for Human Capital Development in ICT
15.1 MNCs shall:
- Be required to be more than sales divisions, management of sales agents and channels. They are to carry out value adding activities in country that contribute to job creation and the empowerment of Nigerians who comprise their market.
- Be eligible for existing tax relief for Research and Development activities for multinational companies, a fiscal incentive which allows up to 120 per-cent of qualifying expenses on R&D to be tax deductible
- Be eligible for tax relief for long term R&D on Local raw materials, a fiscal incentive which allows up to 140 percent of expenses on patentable research to be tax deductible.
15.2 NITDA shall:
- Proactively address perception of quality of locally made ICT products and services by working with leading global quality organizations such as ISO, American Society for Quality, Lean Enterprise Institute, etc with the involvement of the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and local industry groups (ITAN, NCS, ISPON etc.) to train and assist local ICT companies to improve their products and processes.
- Promote specialization in different areas of ICT in higher institutions and where possible provide funding for the setup of centres of excellence in select universities and higher institutions.
- Promote the creation of a minimum of six Software Engineering Centres of Excellence in partnership with Nigerian universities within the next two years.
Each Software Engineering Centre shall:
- Produce a minimum of 200 Software Engineers annually that develop for leading operating system platforms using current programming languages and world class methods
- Maintain partnerships with at least one international technology platform company
- Maintain a curriculum that will be vetted by a Local Content Software Taskforce
- Review and rank ICT program across all universities in Nigeria in partnership with CPN (Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria) and COREN (Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria) to ensure global competitiveness and industry relevance of IT related programs.
- Promote the setup of the University of Information Technology to lead the study of and research in ICT.
- Partner with one or more first rate international journal(s) to establish a Journal of Information and Communications Technology in Africa and establish 500 million naira annual grant and research fund to sponsor academic research projects being conducted by Nigerian scholars and educational institutions across the world which focus on developing the IT sector in the country.
- Promote and facilitate the commercialization of university research activities in order to engender and encourage entrepreneurship and skills development out of Nigerian universities
- Provide incentives for Nigerian companies to develop for leading and emerging technology platforms to help the country transition from being a consumer to a producer of technology.
- Establish technology incubation programs, start-up communities, ICT clusters and other IT development networks to stimulate the growth of the sector.
- Setup and maintain a website that provides access to government data and information
- Promote and facilitate the creation of specialized software firms through incubation or funding programs so as to increase local participation in highly sophisticated systems design and development.
- Encourage multinational technology platform companies to transition from merely selling their technologies in Nigeria to creating their technologies in-country.
- Partner with CAPDAN, the Digital Bridge Institute and any other appropriate body to setup a Technical & Vocational Skill Acquisition and Training Programme for IT practitioners and small-scale vendors.