CPN Intensifies Plans for Annual Assembly; Rallies IT Practitioners Nationwide
Minister of Education to Open CPN Annual Assembly
The Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu will lead delegates to the 2019 IT Professionals Assembly, hosted by the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) from 26th – 27th June 2019 at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja. This information was disclosed in Lagos to Digivation Network by the Registrar CPN, Mr Allwell Achumba. Mr Achumba explained that Mallam Adamu will give remarks on the Federal Government’s pro-digital policies towards human capital development, with a focus on “Digital Infrastructure and Defining the Next Step” for the IT profession.
The IT Professionals Assembly is a mandatory annual gathering of IT professionals as stipulated by the Act establishing the CPN, which brings together IT professionals around Nigeria to discuss emerging issues and matters of concern to the IT profession and the nation at large.
“Digital knowledge and skills have become the global currency of the 21st century economies. In this digital economy, there is no central bank that prints the currency. The thing that keeps you moving is knowledge. We therefore need as a nation to create wealth and sustain our prosperity through digital infrastructures by giving more people the knowledge and skills to compete, collaborate and connect in a way that drives our country forward”; Mr Achumba added.
CPN through her Vice-President, Kole Jagun also intimated Digivation of the participation and speakership of the Director IT, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Engr. Chidi Nwafor, and Former Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Prof. Charles Ayo; while relevant agencies and parastatals of government, coupled with resource persons from the private sector will be in attendance to deliberate on vital professional issues. While the assembly will also feature the induction of new members, as well as the Annual General Meeting and Elections.
Uwadia Affirms CPN as apex IT Professionals Regulator
Meanwhile, the last has not been heard of the overlappings and somewhat function duplication by government agencies and parastatals. From National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), to Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and now Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN). Prof. Charles Uwadia, President of Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), is calling the attention of the Nigerian IT ecosystem to the fact that the CPN is the apex body for the registration and regulation of IT professionals in Nigeria. He is asking those concerned to obey Act No 49 of 1993, which makes it mandatory for all persons or organisations seeking to engage in IT training/education, sale and/or use of computing facilities, and the provision of professional services in computational or related computational machinery in Nigeria, to be registered bybthe council and licensed to carry out such activities.
Responding to the Correspondent’s enquiry on the seeming apathy of IT professionals towards membership of CPN, Prof. Uwadia opined that the law is clear on the matter, and that some are simply unaware of this legislation.
“The law says information technology is a profession- a very critical profession. It’s not something which anybody should participate in. Whoever is not a professional who does that, could actually create some damages to the society. So in recognition of this factor, the law says, before you can practice that profession, you must be registered. So that we can know what you do, and where you are. But we also know that there are people who are not even aware of the law. So we try to reach out to them and enlighten them about the law. In addition we expose them to some of the benefits that they enjoy such as credibility, networking and collaboration with other registered professionals, as well as opportunities for skills development with regular professional trainings”; the CPN President stated.
With the unprecedented growth and expansion of the digital economy in Nigeria, the CPN hopes to be a one stop shop for patriotic, resourceful and highly skilled human resources ready to power the growth further. Notwithstanding, some experts believe it will take dynamism and evolution in line with the global trends to maintain relevance, especially among the upcoming generation.