The Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) has re-emphasised the crucial role of the media in reaching out practitioners in the Information Technology (IT) industry to regularise their operations.
This will assist to curtail widespread quackery in the nation’s IT sector.
The President and Chairman in Council of CPN, Prof. Charles Uwadia, made the remarks on Tuesday in Lagos, during the CPN Media Executive forum, briefing of the council’s activities and the forthcoming 25th anniversary celebration of CPN.
The President stressed that the council have adopted strategies aimed at achieving this result and others, mostly through dialogue.
“There is need for enforcement of standards in the IT industry but the enforcement is not to close people’s business but to make them do things according to the right standard.
“Dialogue is key to the council achieving its mandate as regards enforcement,” he said.
He added that for the past 25-years, CPN faced so many challenges ranging from finance to fighting of unregistered members.
According to Uwadia, the 2017-2019 inaugurated council’s headed by him had embarked on many strides to make sure that the council meets its expectation.
He listed some of the achievements of the achievements of the council to be; accreditation of four tertiary institutions on computer science and related courses, student induction programme.
Others he said are, discussion with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in area of accreditation of computer based test centres and the movement of CPN’s headoffice to Abuja and partnership with media.
He noted that council was making a tremendous effort to ensure that some of the popular unregistered computer training institute would be properly registered by them.
Uwadia said that to enhance the council’s activities, they had put up structures to ensure that standards are met by all in the industry.
He said that the council had set up three Ad-hoc committee to achieve standard for online programme in the country, committee on standard for e-government programme and the committee on CPN’s 25th anniversary.
As regards social media, he said it would be very hard to regulate the cyberspace but advocated educating the public particularly the children on safety online.
Also speaking, the Council’s Registrar- Mr. Allwell Achumba, since (IT) is the fulcrum of any thriving economy which cannot be ignored by the players in that economy, the Council has chosen to focus on this invaluable tool that will propel the nation’s economy and prepare industries for global competitiveness.
“CPN as an Agency of Government that regulates and controls the practice of information Technology practice in Nigeria is taking the bull by the horn by convoking yet another forum with the media considered to be a major player and influencer in the IT eco system.
“Recall that about five (5) months ago, in this same hotel, Council held an IT CEOs Roundtable Forum with the theme, ‘Leveraging on Information Technology for Economic Recovery’ with the objective of networking and discussing on issues of common interest that are emergent in Information Technology in order to come out with decisions that will impact positively on the industry, the profession, and the nation.
“The communiqué from that fruitful and thought provoking meeting tells the story of the success of the programme. Today’s interaction is therefore in furtherance of the engagement”, he said.