CPN to stop unregistered IT contractors from executing FG ICT projects

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Stories by Bukola Olanrewaju

The Computer professionals Registration Council of Nigeria has announced its plan to block all unregistered IT contractors from getting and executing Federal Government ICT projects.

With 25 years of operational existence in Nigeria, CPN said it was working with the National Information and Technology Development Agency ( NITDA) to ensure that IT contractors not registered with it ( CPN ) are blocked from getting and executing Federal Government ICT projects.

Speaking with the press, the President of CPN, Prof. Charles Uwadia, said the Council has achieved a lot between July 2017 and March 2018.

To improve professionalism in the IT sector in Nigeria, Uwadia disclosed that, there was a meeting between NITDA Management and the Council members, elders of the IT Professionals/ Practitioners on March 19, where it was agreed in the courtesy meeting that NITDA and CPN will collaborate to improve professionalism in IT in Nigeria. A joint committee of NITDA – CPN was thereafter set up with 5 members from each Agency.

He added that there has been improved interaction with other sister agencies of government, which include the signing of Memorandom of Understanding with the National Council of Colleges of Education (NCCE).

He also stated that  CPN accredited four Tertiary Institutions on Computer Sciences and related courses from July to October, 2017. They include Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, B,Sc Computer Science in July, 2017 with Interim accreditation status; Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, B.Sc Computer Science in August, 2017 with Interim accreditation status; Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, B.Sc Information & Management Technology in August, 2017 with Full accreditation status and Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State, B.Sc Computer Science in October, 2017 with Interim accreditation status.

In order to rid the Information and Communication Technology sectors of quacks,the Vice President/Vice Chairman-in-Council, CPN, Kole Jagun, said the Council won’t leave room for quacks to take over the industry. He stressed that the sanitisation of the industry would be nationwide.

He therefore urged IT practitioners not registered with it, to as a matter of urgency , register , said enforcements against unregistered players , which are referred to as quacks have started and would become more intense in 2018.

Jagun said CPN would do everything possible to move the sector forward.

Emphasizing the need for the ICT in the national development of any country that wants relevance in the global world, the Registrar/Secretary to Council, Allwell Achumba said the council has chosen to focus on this invaluable tool that will propel our economy and prepare our industries for global competitiveness since IT is the fulcrum of any thriving economy, which cannot be ignored by the players in that economy.

According to him, CPN as an Agency of Government that regulates and controls the practice of IT practice in Nigeria is taking the bull by the horns by convoking yet another forum with the media considered to be a major player and influencer in the IT eco system.

Moreso Achumba explained that though the number of members of CPN has been growing, “that does not stop us from moving against quacks in the sector. We have come to realise that for the industry to thrive, we must do a kind of sanitisation.”

The Council also informed of plans to move its Head Office from Lagos to FCT, Abuja

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