Professor Charles Uwadia has been re-elected as the President and Chairman in-Council, Computer Professionals (Registration Council) of Nigeria (CPN) for next two years, TechEconomy.ng can exclusively report.
Professor Uwadia was elected unopposed at the IT Assembly/Annual General Meeting of CPN held at the NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja.
Also elected to the CPN Executive Council is the Vice President/Vice-President/Vice-Chairman-in-Council, Mr. Kole Jagun.
In a brief chat with TechEconomy.ng immediately after his swearing in by the Electoral Committee Chair, Dr. Ajibike Olubunmi Itegboje, the President spoke on the agenda for the Council in the next two years:
“We have worked to stabilise the profession, we now going to focus on more visibility for CPN. The head office has been moved to Abuja; we are becoming more visible to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Government. We are a Regulatory Body, so we should be regulating MDAs. Most of these MDAs do not know us; so they tend to do things in their own way.
“So, we would work more vigorously with the MDAs to propagate the use of IT across board; IT education and IT in education.
“Of course, there is a renewed attention to e-Government; we already have a Committee in that respect. We will move further.
“We want to lead digital literacy among government officials; the executive, legislature and judiciary. It is a big venture, but we want a situation whereby those involved in law-making, those governing and others adjudicating will know that IT is all about.
Reiterating the President’s comments, the Vice, Mr. Kole Jagun also told TechEconomy.ng that they are out to implement the Act establishing CPN: “We work as a team; the President is the team leader while I am his lieutenant. The past two years we have been working on stabilising the Council and the profession. The next thing is to make it relevant to the professionals and also make sure that our mandate as indicated in the Act is properly followed and fulfilled.
“The mandate is that we are supposed to regulate the profession. We now want to follow the letter of the Act. That is to make CPN relevant to members and other stakeholders”.
CPN was established by Act No 49 of 1993. The Act was passed into law on 10th of June and gazetted on the 9th of August that year.
It is a regulatory body charged with the regulation, control and supervision of the computing profession and practice in Nigeria in line with Section 1 (2) of the Act, and is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education.
Meanwhile, other members of the Executive Council shall be confirmed during NCS Conference in Gombe State.