Nigeria’s tech ecosystem is rejecting a bill put forward by the country’s ICT policy-implementing government agency, but the unrelenting agency is somehow pushing the bill forward—amid contentions and ecosystem cries of foul play.
A controversial bill that seeks to ascribe new powers to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigeria’s governing body for information and technology, has passed a public hearing at the Senate and will soon make its way to the presidency.
About a year ago, TechCabal broke the news that Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council was considering a new bill put forward by NITDA. This bill would repeal the NITDA Act of 2007, and enact a new NITDA Act that provides for “the administration, implementation, and regulation of IT systems and practices, as well as the digital economy in Nigeria and for related matters”.
The proposed bill aims to grant NITDA the authority to regulate and oversee technology and…