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to co-ordinate the information technology outsourcing sector of the economy.

Director General of NITDA, Professor, Cleopas Angaye, while speaking at an IT outsourcing stakeholders meeting to formally announce the body in Lagos, said the formation of NAITEOC,

was necessitated for the effective facilitation of advocate efforts at advancing the growth of outsourcing business in Nigeria, utilizing the resources meant for outsourcing in the National Policy,

effectively co-ordinate the monitoring and evaluation of the outsourcing sector, and have a platform to deal with government and the world at large. Angaye who was represented at the event by the agency’s Director of Software and Outsourcing, Dr. Ashiru Daura,

said that the body is to replicate the likes of NASSCOM of India and GASSCOM of Ghana, which as through IT enabled outsourcing services helped immensely to grow the GDP rate of both countries,

as it has enabled job creation, improved economic growth and export earnings. He noted, that in anticipation of the stakeholders meeting, NITDA has already earmarked an office and funds for the takeoff of the body and promised the continuous support and working relationship between the

Agency and NITEOC protem leadership for planning and execution of its various activities lined up for months ahead. Also speaking at the event, Mr.Soji Oyawole, Managing Director, Research Intermediary,

who stood in for Dr. Marito Garcia, a World Bank representative in Nigeria, stated that, 95% of Nigerians in the IT sector are not aware of the content of the National policy on Information Technology and that the thrust of that policy is promoting, regulating, legalizing,

technological and infrastructural development to help for the sustainability of corporate business development in Nigeria.

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