Theme: “Adoption of 5G in Nigeria: The Technological and Regulatory Challenges”
The Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria) “CPN”, has announced plans to hold this year’s Information Technology Professionals’ Assembly, virtually.
This year’s assembly is the fourteenth edition in the series of the IT Assembly, a flagship programme of CPN that creates opportunity for exclusive networking by senior Information Technology (IT) decision makers, IT consultants, upcoming IT entrepreneurs, start–ups, IT practitioners, teachers and IT Systems administrators.
Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria), (CPN) was established through 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 corporate entity that is charged with the regulation, control and supervision of the computing profession and practice in Nigeria in line with Section 1 (2) of the Act.
The Council hereinafter referred to as CPN is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education.
The Assembly, therefore, is a platform for some of the industry’s most innovative technology distribution and service providers to showcase their products and services; and for participants to appreciate the emerging technologies, trends, and risks that are associated with transforming the various industries using IT.
Speaking during a virtual press conference to announce activities of the programme, the President/Chairman In-Council, Professor Charles Uwadia, said that due to the outbreak and persistence of COVID-19 pandemic presently ravaging the nation and the entire world, and the need to observe the social distancing protocol, the Year 2020 Information Technology Assembly/Annual General Meeting with the theme, “Adoption of 5G in Nigeria: The Technological and Regulatory Challenges“ will be held online (virtual) on Thursday 9th July, 2020.
Meanwhile, the General Manager Network Operations at MTN Nigeria, Deus Uche Osuji will present the keynote address. Recall that MTN Nigeria in partnership with NCC and other relevant agencies and vendors, conducted trial of 5G in Nigeria in November 2019.
The event will commence with an Induction programme and admission of new members into the IT profession.
Speaking specifically on the theme, the President/Chairman In-Council, said there is no doubt that the adoption of 5G, which has been touted as the next frontier of investment, has the potentials to drive economic growth and social inclusion. Presently, Nigeria’s Information Communication Technology Sector contributes more than fossil Oil and Gas to the nation’s GDP.
“To demonstrate its seriousness on the migration to 5G, the Federal Government, through the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) midwifed the non-commercial trial of the 5G network in November, 2019.
“As transformatory as the 5G agenda is, its adoption is not without challenges. It is for this reason that the 2020 IT Professionals’ Assembly would be considering the technological and regulatory challenges associated with the adoption of 5G viz-a-viz the future of frequency bands, deployment and coverage, device support, security and privacy, Digital Infrastructure challenges, outdated regulatory policies, removal of impediments to the expansion of digital infrastructures, commitment to actions that promote the long-term growth of the digital economy, misgivings and health concerns against it, among other issues”, he said.
While calling for improved Federal Government’s support, Prof. Uwadia said that CPN will not relent on its oars in fulfilling its mandate which include “To determine the standards of knowledge and skills to be attained by persons seeking to become members of the computing profession and improve those standards from time to time as circumstances may permit and
“To secure, in accordance with the provision of the Act, the establishment and maintenance of a register of persons seeking to be registered under the Act to practice the computing profession and the publication from time to time of the list of such persons”.