The Nigerian government is planning to announce 29 new guidelines for tech companies operating in the country next month. This was disclosed by the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Peter Jack.

According to him, arrangement had been concluded to unveil 29 new standards, guidelines and regulations for all ICT operators in the country next month.

Speaking at NITDA”s multi-stakeholder approach for rapid deployment of e-governance across all sectors of the economy, Jack said the 29 standards and guidelines were developed by NITDA with inputs from the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

The new standards, regulations and guidelines, he said, will specify the type of hardware that will be imported or being manufactured in the country before it goes into the market.

Jack said: “We have developed 29 standards, guidelines and regulations for all categories of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) operators.”

The benchmarks, the DG averred had become very necessary to regulate the industry on what they are supposed to do and the way they should carry it out. He said before any hardware is imported or manufactured in the country, there must be specifications that it must meet.