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Computer Professionals (Registration Council of) Nigeria (CPN), said it is now 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.
Deriving powers from the Act No 49 of 1993 which established it, CPN said it was also 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 governments ICT projects.
Prof. Charles Uwadia, president/chairman-in-Council, CPN, said the Council is working to sanitise the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector of quacks.He 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.
Nodding in agreement, Allwell Achumba, registrar/secretary to Council, said since IT is the fulcrum of any thriving economy, the Council has chosen to focus on it as a tool to grow the economy and prepare local industries for global competitiveness.
Achumba, said that CPN as an Agency of Government that regulates and controls the practice of IT practice in Nigeria is taking the bull by the horn by convoking yet another forum with the media considered to be a major player and influencer in the IT eco system.
Achumba disclosed 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 well, we must do a kind of sanitisation.”
Also speaking, Kole Jagun, vice president/vice chairman-in-Council, 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 and that CPN would do
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