Computer Professionals (Registration Council) of Nigeria (CPN), is set to host its flagship IT Professionals’ Assembly/Annual General Meeting, TechEconomy.ng can report.
At this year’s Assembly, which is the fifteenth (15th) edition in the series, the Council will induct three hundred (300) new members to the information technology practice.
These were disclosed by the President/Chairman of Council of CPN, Professor Charles Uwadia, during a Virtual Press Conference today, Thursday April 1, 2021 to announce programmes/activities scheduled for the IT Assembly.
He said that the flagship of all IT professional programmes in Nigeria, is an exclusive networking event for senior Information Technology (IT) decision makers, IT consultants, IT entrepreneurs, IT Start–ups, IT practitioners, teachers and IT Systems administrators.
“The Assembly is also 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.
“Last year, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the year 2020 Information Technology Assembly/Annual General Meeting held online (virtual). While the pandemic has abated drastically, at least in this part of the world, it is safer to adhere to government’s guidelines until the pandemic is over; hence, this year’s Assembly will be a hybrid (both physical and virtual)”.
Theme for CPN IT Assembly 2021:
The year 2021 IT Professionals’ Assembly with the theme, “Harnessing Digital Technologies for Social and Economic Recovery“ will hold at NICON Luxury (Formerly Le ‘Meridien Hotel), Abuja on Thursday 8th April, 2021.
“As is our practice, the IT Assembly will be preceded by the induction of about Three Hundred (300) new members into the IT profession.
“Digital technologies have proved beyond measure, its applicability in achieving efficiency in all sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic, playing an indispensable role in sustaining social and economic activities. Challenges and risks also emerged in the course of embracing various digital innovations”.
Drawing on the global, regional, and national experiences, Uwadia said that the 2021 IT Professionals’ Assembly will highlight the opportunities and challenges of building more innovations that can drive the economy of our nation. “We envisage that in the years to come, Nigeria shall be a nation that has fully harnessed the potential of technological innovation to grow our economy and uplift our people”.
TechEconomy.ng had reported that Managing Partner, Compliance Professionals Plc and former Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Dr (Mrs.) Ifueko Omoigui Okauru, will present keynote at the IT Assembly.
Speaking further, Uwadia, said Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria), (CPN) was established through Act No 49 of 1993.
Therefore, CPN remains 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 is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education and authorised to:
- 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.
- 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.
“The Act 49 of 1993 makes it mandatory for all persons and organizations seeking to engage, or engaged in the sale or use of computing facilities and the provision of professional services in computing as well as the use of computational machinery and techniques related thereto to be registered by the Council and licensed to carry out such activities. It is illegal to engage in computing and professional practice without satisfying these stated conditions – registration and possession of a current valid license.
The President/Chairman of Council, CPN, sought for continued stakeholders support, including the media, to keep Nigerians well informed of CPN activities which are geared towards uplifting the country through the instrumentality of Information Technology.