FG orders crackdown on quacks, impostors in IT industry

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The Federal Government has ordered the Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria), to begin a crackdown on individuals and corporate organisations practising Information Technology in Nigeria without registration with the Council.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, gave the directive on Thursday in Abuja while inaugurating the 2021-2023 Council of Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria) [CPN), which has Mr Kole Jagun as the President and Chairman of Council.

Jagun, who was recently elected alongside other members of the Council at the 8th Information Technology (IT) Assembly in Abuja, took over from the immediate past President and Chairman of Council, Prof Charles Uwadia.

Adamu insisted that the global practice was for professionals to regulate their profession properly in order to ensure standards and best practices.

He said the Federal Ministry of Education was conscious of efforts of the CPN at enforcing the Act that established it, by making it mandatory for all individuals and corporate organizations that are practising Information Technology in Nigeria to register with the Council.

“Therefore, all Individuals and Corporate organizations that are into Information Technology practice should register with Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria).

“In this, Council has the support of the Ministry and of government in its fight against quacks, impostors and all irregularities in the IT industry,” the Minister said.

Adamu who was represented by the Minister of State for Education Hon Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said the Federal Government was committed to making Nigeria a giant IT compliant economy, saying he was glad that CPN has aligned with this vision through its various programmes and activities that are geared towards making the vision a reality.

He noted that CPN is an agency of Government established to control and regulate the practice of the Information Technology profession in Nigeria, adding that the role of CPN in the scheme of developmental goals of government could not be over-emphasized.

He reminded members of the council that the nation’s expectations and hopes are high, urging them to partner with the government at ensuring that “we turn out new generations of youths that are properly equipped with IT knowledge and skills and positioned for global competitiveness.”

President and Chairman of Council of CPN, Mr Kole Jagun said apart from the realization that Information Technology is a tool for building a better life, through the acquisition of knowledge and practical skills as well as a tool for eradicating poverty, it has also become a revenue source for the federal government, which, if properly harnessed, might even surpass other forms of revenue source.

He noted that the task of regulating and supervising a highly dynamic profession like the Information Technology industry in Nigeria would require personnel of the council to put in their best in order to achieve the set objectives.

Jagun, therefore, appealed to the Minister of Education, to facilitate the relocation of staff of CPN from Lagos to Abuja, disclosing that only the Registrar is currently operating from Abuja while all the Directors are still in Lagos.

“We are soliciting the assistance of the Honorable Minister to assist with the relocation exercise and the completion of the office building (centre of excellence),” he said.

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