The Council that is statutory mandated to regulate Information Technology practice in Nigeria – Computer Professionals (Registration Council) of Nigeria (“CPN”), has inducted five hundred and fifty (550) new members.
Leadership of the Council welcomed the new inductees during the virtual Information Technology (IT) Assembly 2020.
CPN was established by Act No 49 of 1993. The Act was passed into law on the 10th of June and gazetted on the 9th of August same 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; it is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education.
In his remarks during the virtual induction on Thursday, July 09, 2020, the President and Chairman-in-Council of CPN, Professor Charles Uwadia, congratulated for the successful admission into the Information Technology profession; “the only profession in the world that has impact on all other professions”.
The new inductees include:
- 410 Full members;
- 96 Associate members and
- 44 Affiliate members
The President said that as new inductees into the profession, the legitimization of their professional practice in Information Technology starts today.
Prof. Uwadia who said that the task ahead of the profession now is enormous, charged them make good use of the opportunity by channeling their energy and talents on positive things that would be of benefit to the various organizations they represent and the nation at large.
“…you are all expected to make your contribution towards taking the profession to loftier heights. This is because the growth of the profession will impact positively on the nation and the vision of the Federal Government as encapsulated in the Change Agenda of the Federal Government.
“Given that you are new entrants into the flourishing world of Information Technology (IT), I do not want to take anything for granted regarding your knowledge of the profession.
He reiterated that the Council will continue to should work in line with the functions and responsibilities of CPN, which are not limited 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”.
Emphasis om ethical conducts:
“Act 49 of 1993, earlier referred to, makes it mandatory for all persons and organizations seeking to engage, or already engaged, in the sale and/or use of computing facilities, and in the provision of professional services in computing or related computing machinery in Nigeria, to be registered by the Council and licensed to carry out such activities”, Prof. Uwadia said.
The Act makes it illegal to engage in computing and professional practice without satisfying the aforementioned condition-that is, registration and possession of a current valid license.
He said that the Council places high premium on ethical conduct of the professionals.
“We are conscious of the impact that the use of computational machinery and related techniques have on the public, employers, clients and the professionals.
“This is what informed the introduction of Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The document details the standards of conduct that are expected from professionals in the Information Technology industry, similar to what obtains in other professions.
“While Council will protect you in matters that infringe on your rights as members of this noble profession, I want to urge you all to play your role by conducting yourselves in the most ethical manner befitting of a professional in your daily activities.
Fight against quackery:
“Let me inform you that one of the greatest challenges facing our profession is quackery.
“By the nature of the profession, which makes it possible for a lot of people to use IT tools in their day to day activities, some people are claiming to be what they are not. Also, those who are not qualified to execute IT jobs are the ones getting it.
“This is quite absurd and unacceptable to us. Therefore, as professionals, you need to join forces with us in fighting the scourge.
In his induction lecture, the Director, Aflon Digital Institute, Abuja, Dr. Akin Fapohunda, charged the inductees on the need to redefine IT practice in Nigeria by being productive, especially in solving every day challenges faced by the nation.
He said that as IT professionals, the new inductees should view themselves as change agents who must designs better ways of solving the perennial problems such as electricity, e-learning, while embracing new knowledge such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, data science, amongst others.
“Entrepreneurship is the pathway for creating impact professionally,” Dr. Fapohunda told the inductees.
Continuing Professional Development:
Also speaking, the Chairman, Registration, Regulation & Control (RR & C) Committee, Prof Adesina Sodiya, said the Council designed a professional development programme that will enable the members to grow professionally and keep abreast of new developments in the profession.
“The Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme (MCPD)”, he said “was conceived as a means of re-training and updating members’ skills and knowledge about the latest developments in the industry.
“The programme is meant for all grades of members and credits will be given for attendance which will be one of the conditions for the annual renewal of practicing license as well as upward mobility of members across the membership cadres.
“The MCPD is a common feature of all professional and regulatory bodies on the re-training of their registered members. Professional bodies like ICAN, CIBN etc all have various versions of the MCPD. Therefore, I will like you to take advantage of the programme to enhance your professional development”.
Prof. Sodiya said they are conscious of the impact of the use of computational machinery and techniques related thereto on the public, employers of labor, clients and the professionals who have made substantial investment in Information Technology.
“This is what informed the introduction of the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct that detailed the standards of conduct that is expected from professionals in the IT industry as exists in older profession like Law, Medicine, Architecture and Pharmacy etc. You have all appended your signature to the Letter of Commitment that goes with the document.
“What this means is that high standard of good and ethical conduct that will portray you as good ambassadors of the profession is what is expected from you”.
As provided in the Act that established CPN, the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is enforceable and the continued membership of the profession depends on strict adherence to it, while not being member of the profession implies forbiddance from practicing the profession in the country.