The Computer Professionals (Registration Council) Of Nigeria (CPN) is at an advanced stage of signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) that will see the two bodies collaborate and form a strategic partnership in areas of Accreditation of the Computer Based Test Centres (CBTs).
CPN is an Agency of Government that regulates and controls the practice of information Technology practice in Nigeria.
Speaking in Lagos at the CPN Media Executive Forum, Registrar/Secretary to Council, Mr. Allwell Achumba, noted that the Council has decided to further engage other stakeholders to further the cause of IT in the country. According to him, “Since Information Technology (IT) is the fulcrum of any thriving economy which cannot be ignored by the players in that economy, Council has chosen to focus on this invaluable tool that will propel our economy and prepare our industries for global competitiveness.”
25 years in operation, the Council is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education, with the National Assembly performing oversight functions over it.
The Act establishing the Council makes it mandatory for all persons and organizations seeking to engage, or engaged 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 by the Council and licensed to carry out such activities.
Listing milestones achieved by the Council under his tenure which is less than a year, the President/Chairman-in-Council, Prof. Charles Uwadia noted that CPN, under his watch, has among other things accredited four Tertiary Institutions on Computer Sciences and related courses from July to October, 2017, while partnering and strengthening ties with other Agencies of government, the National Council of Colleges of Education (NCCE), Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), National Universities Commission (NUC), Budget and National Planning among others.
The committee has also strengthened its internal working by inaugurating Standing Committees. These committees include, Education and Manpower Development (EMDC); Registration, Regulation and Control (RRCC); Finance and Administration (FAC); Research, Innovation and Strategies (RISC) and Public Relations and Corporate Affairs (PRCA). Others are then Investigation Panel and Disciplinary Committee.
It also formed three Ad-Hoc Committees which are the Committee on Standards for Online programmes in Nigeria, Committee on Standards for E-Government programmes in Nigeria and Committee on the 25th Anniversary of CPN.
Uwadia noted that the collaboration with the media community is in recognition of their role in driving the development of technology to the growth of the economy.
He further pledged that the Council will continue to seek ways of instilling professionalism in the system in the drive to be globally competitive.
According to Achumba, “We acknowledge and thank you for the very robust and beautiful working relationship that exists between Council and the Media. Council believes that the media is critical to improving the visibility of CPN and highlighting the importance of professionalism in the Information Technology (IT) Industry in Nigeria.”