Guidelines for Indigenous Software Development Companies

11.1 ISVs shall:

  1. Register their products, capabilities and organization on the NITDA portal. The service will be provided free of charge and devoid of bureaucracy and will ensure NITDA awareness of available resources.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to provide on-going support and continued development and maintenance of any software sold or deployed.
  3. Hold and retain exclusive rights over the reproduction, preparation of derivative works, distribution and public performance and display of their copyrighted work.
  4. Respect the intellectual property rights of others as set out in applicable local and global regulations
  5. Have access to seed capital and grants for start-ups, incubation programs and other forms of government-backed schemes.

11.2 SDFs shall:

  1. Register their products, capabilities and organization on the NITDA portal. The service will be provided free of charge and devoid of bureaucracy and will ensure NITDA awareness of available resources.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to provide on-going support and continued development and maintenance of any software sold or deployed.
  3. Hold and retain exclusive rights over the reproduction, preparation of derivative works, distribution and public performance and display of their copyrighted work.
  4. Respect the intellectual property rights of others as set out in applicable local and global regulations.
  5. Design and develop products and services that support Nigerian languages and local use case.
  6. Have access to seed capital and grants for start-ups, incubation programs and other forms of government-backed schemes.
  7. Hold and maintain CMM or ISO 9001 or any other standard certification in order to qualify for large scale software development bids.

11.3 Multinational companies shall:

  1. Provide verifiable information and sign affidavits about the origin, safety, source and workings of software being sold and deployed within the country in order to ascertain the full security of the product and protect national security
  2. Submit a Local Content Development Plan to NITDA/NCC for their platforms and products as part of requirements for registration within Nigeria and pre-qualification for any project to be carried out with any MDAs. This applies to companies already registered and operating within the country.

11.5 MDAs shall:

  1. Source software for which there is local capacity to design, develop, compile, test, troubleshoot, launch, maintain and improve such software application.
  2. Source and procure software from only local and indigenous software development companies; where the capacity for developing such software does not exist locally, procurement, installation and support will be provided by a Nigerian company.
  3. Consider all software solution projects as turnkey deployments and not mere supply of licenses and software. Therefore the vendor must demonstrate systems integration capability in order to qualify to carry out the project deployment.
  4. Carry out risk-based due diligence to identify, prevent and mitigate actual and potential adverse impacts that may arise from using software, including risks that arise from technical dependencies on software conceptualized and developed outside Nigeria.
  5. Obtain evidence of the origin, source and workings of all software being used including adequate assurance of the full security of source code.

11.6 NITDA shall:

  1. Enforce the provisions set forward in the National IT Policy as well as in these guidelines
  2. Enhance and promote the use of digital technologies as well as local development of software solutions for the critical sectors such as health, education, security etc.
  3. Champion and encourage the set-up of Business Incubator Schemes to accelerate the growth of the IT industry.
  4. Partner with financial institutions, venture capital firms, MNCs with venture capital divisions as well Angels investors to create a vibrant Venture Capital ecosystem for the IT sector