Guidelines for ICT Hardware

10.1 OEMs shall:

  1. Maintain active certification with NITDA, renewable every four years. Re-certification will be based on the following conditions:
    1. Maintain local capacity for the production of multiple computing form factors and devices – desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, network devices etc. either directly or through a local ODM.
    2. Assemble all hardware within Nigeria and maintain fully staffed facilities for this purpose.
    3. Hold and maintain product and quality certifications such as ISO 14001, ISO 9001.
    4. Recapitalize and maintain a minimum market capitalization of Two Billion Naira.
    5. Hold and maintain at least one platform certification such as:
      1. Windows Hardware Certification
      2. Android Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) Certification as well as comply with the Android Compatibility Definition Document (CDD)
  2. Have a grace period of two years from the effective date of this guideline to comply with the recertification criteria herein stated.
  3. Maintain at least 50% local content by value either directly or through outsourcing to local manufacturers engaged in any segment of the product value chain. There will be a time frame of 3 years for achieving the 50% local content.
  4. Maintain in-country R&D departments for the purpose of product conceptualization, innovation, adaptation, design and prototype development.
  5. Design and develop products that support Nigerian languages and local use case.
  6. Setup and operate after sales support, warranty support, return / repair centre as well as a customer service center for their products. This can be outsourced locally.
  7. Obtain and maintain technical conditions for international product quality certifications such as ISO 9001, IEC, CEPT, DIN and ASA
  8. Subject themselves to regular inspection of factory premises and manufacturing processes.
  9. Have a five-year duty waiver on computer components, which is for integration into locally assembled devices. Fully built computers or products shall be exempted.

10.2 ODMs shall:

  1. Maintain active certification with NITDA, renewable every four years. Recertification will be based on meeting the following conditions:
    1. ODMs will have equivalent capacity to OEMs for computer manufacture and assembly or proof of partnership with a certified OEM.
    2. ODMs must maintain local capacity to assemble and install minimum of one million devices per annum for multiple form factors – desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones either directly or through a local ODM.
    3. ODMs must conceptualize, design and produce all hardware within Nigeria
    4. ODMs must hold and maintain product and quality certifications such as ISO 14001, ISO 9001 at local facilities and for scope including design, manufacturing, sales and maintenance of various products being sold in the Nigerian market.
    5. ODM shall maintain a minimum capitalization of Five Billion Naira.
    6. ODM must hold and maintain platform certifications in line with the demands of the OEMs they service, such as:
      1. Windows Hardware Certification
      2. Android Compatibility Test Suite (CTS) Certification as well as comply with the Android Compatibility Definition Document (CDD)
  2. Have a five-year duty waiver on computer components, which is for integration into locally assembled devices. Fully built computers or products are exempt.

10.3 Multinational Companies shall:

  1. Provide a local content development plan for the creation of jobs, recruitment of local engineers (not sales people), human capital development and value creation for the local ecosystem.

10.5 All MDAs shall:

  1. Source and procure all computer hardware only from NITDA approved OEMs.
  2. Purchase all hardware products locally.
  3. Purchase ICT hardware that have soft and hard keyboards capable of supporting Nigerian languages and the Naira sign
  4. Give preference to companies with existing hardware support facilities and functional service stations with impressive customer service metrics measured frequently
  5. Include the cost of support and maintenance in BOQ for all government IT deployments.
  6. Consider all IT projects as turnkey deployments and not mere supply of components. Vendors must demonstrate appropriate systems integration capability in order to qualify for large-scale projects.

 

10.6 NITDA shall:

  1. Lead and facilitate product demand generation initiatives such as Assisted PC purchase programs
  2. Promote the use of digital technologies as well as local development of software solutions for Education by facilitating Computer purchase programs, provide funding for software solutions in education and drive technology adoption initiatives in education.
  3. Collaborate with similar IT development agencies in neighbouring West African states in order to establish regional Information Technology tradeshows that will provide a platform to grow the local industry.
  4. Facilitate discussions with industry groups such as NCS, ALTON, ATCON, CAPDAN, ITAN, ISPAN, ISPON, etc. to engender local value creation.
  5. Publish technical standards of various ICT components, devices, subassembly etc. as a guide for local OEMs.
  6. Ensure that industry participants benefits from all investment incentives available to them by working with other government agencies to ensure that ICT firms benefit from such available incentives.