The Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria) has intensified its campaign against all unregistered Information and Communications Technology Practitioners in the country.
At an executive forum in Lagos, the body warned ICT professionals, who were practising without registering with the council that they would be considered as quacks and penalised according to the law of the land.
According to the President/Chairman-in-Council, CPN, Prof Charles Uwadia, the council’s desire is to have as many registered professionals as possible, while noting also that there are a lot of benefits that will be derived from being a registered member of the council.
“We are mandated to regularly publish list of licensed members of the council and anybody whose name is not in our register is considered as a quack. Implementation of the law is very important in this country and for us in the council, we desire to have as many registered professionals as possible,” Uwadia added.
He furthered explained that the Act upon which the council was established, mandated it 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 permitted.
Uwadia urged unregistered practitioners to endeavour to register with the council, noting that there were numerous benefits to be gained.
“Anyone that is part of us will derive the benefit that’s accrued to every member of the council. And anybody that is not part of us and he or she is practising is going against the law of the land and should be penalised accordingly,” he stated.
However, the Registrar/Secretary, CPN, Allwell Achumba, said the forum was organised to foster a mutually-beneficial relationship between the media and the council.
He noted that the media was critical in highlighting the importance of professionalism in the information technology sector in the country.
In addition, the body stated that its forthcoming 2019 IT Assembly Summit had been billed to hold in June in Abuja.
Speaking on this, the Vice-President/Vice-Chairman-in-council, CPN, Kole Jagun, explained that the assembly would provide a platform for national discussion on the emerging issues in the sector as well as generate recommendations and decisions that would impart positively on the industry and the nation.
According to him, lead discussants at the event are Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo; a Former Vice- Chancellor, Covenant University, Prof Charles Ayo; and Director, IT, Independent National Electoral Commission, Chidi Nwafor.