The Office for Nigerian Content in Information and Communications Technology has raised the alarm over the foreign hosting of data on the Treasury Single Account.
In a query issued to SystemSpec, owners of the Remita software and consultants to the Central Bank of Nigeria on TSA, the ONC, which is an offshoot of the National Information Technology Development Agency, said hosting of the TSA database abroad was contrary to its localisation regulation.
In the letter, the ONC asked SystemSpec to show evidence that it had express approval of the Federal Government to host the database abroad or face penalties, including fines as enshrined in the NITDA Act of 2007. It also asked the company to come forward with “plans for repatriating the data to Nigeria within a timeframe acceptable to the ONC.”
The National Coordinator, ONC, Mr. Inye Kemabonta, confirmed that the office wrote the letter when contacted on the telephone by our correspondent.