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Group to govt: deploy IT in economic development




The Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) has urged the three tiers of government to embrace technology to deliver services to the people. It warned that governments that failed to embrace technology have fallen while those that deploy technology have continued to rise.

Its Registrar, Mr. Allwell C. Achumba, who spoke during IT Professionals’ Assembly in Abuja,  said: “We live in a world driven and powered by intellect and technology, a world where we see nations rise and fall as a result of its embrace or neglect of IT. Therefore, we need to intensify our efforts at developing the IT profession in Nigeria. We should not pay lip service to our efforts at building a solid and highly respected IT profession in Nigeria. It is for the good of the profession, the nation as well as the professionals and practitioners who will be reaping the dividends of their sacrifice. IT profession has lots of prospects in Nigeria. Therefore, we should not be tired of putting more efforts and sacrifices especially in terms of effective regulation of the IT profession as well as discharging our financial obligations to the profession in order to make it what it should be in the country.

Also, speaking on the occasion which had: Professionalism in Information Technology; Past, Present and Future as its them, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu said the Federal Government recognised the critical role of IT in its developmental agenda, and has therefore made IT a priority.

The minister lamented the poor state of IT in the country and challenged Council to work with government towards the attainment of the national goals and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He also challenged the participants at the Assembly to discuss how the nation can facilitate technology – enabled learning as a way of preparing the youths for the future workplace.

In his opening remarks, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha congratulated CPN on its 25th anniversary celebrations. He said governments all over the world were becoming smart, efficient with the adoption of appropriate technologies to drive governance and create the requisite enabling environment for national change and the much needed transformation.

He said, as the agency of government established to control and regulate the practice of Information Technology (IT) profession, the role of CPN in the scheme of developmental goals of government cannot be over-emphasised. He said IT is a critical sector and the flagship of other professions, and one that is viewed seriously in the course of the nation’s drive for sustainable national developments.   Mustapha said the establishment of CPN is government’s way of demonstrating its commitment to the development and deployment of IT in Nigeria. He expressed the confidence that the Council would keep aligning itself to the Federal Government developmental goals, especially in Science, technology and innovations.

In his opening remarks/welcome speech, the President/Chairman-in-Council, Prof. Charles Uwadia said that this year’s 2018 of the IT Professionals’ Assembly was special in many regards.

Firstly, it was the first since his election into office at the 23rd AGM.

Secondly, he said the Assembly coincided with the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the Council. The President/Chairman-in-Council said the choice of the theme for this Assembly, therefore involved an assessment of the progress that IT practice has made in the past 25 years in the country, where the country presently is regarding bridging the digital divide and deploring IT for our common good as a people, and also foraying and projecting into the future, regarding the boundless opportunities that our profession, IT practice portends for our dear nation, and her future.


Reviewed enabling CPN, NITDA Acts coming soon — CPN boss


…seeks representations of CPN in Boards, Councils of govt. MDAs
                         Prof. Charles Uwadia

The CPN boss who disclosed  in an interview said that an in-house Committee of CPN to crystallize areas that might require amendments in the two enabling ACTs, has already been set up.
Similarly, he informed that a 10-person joint CPN/NITDA standing committee, has already been set up for the review of both Acts. They have started working on the review of the enabling Acts, he added. The CPN boss had told the IT Professionals at the just concluded 2018 CPN IT Professionals Assembly that the review has become necessary to address what he described as seeming ambiguities and areas of friction associated with the Acts.
The annual CPN IT Professionals’ Assembly is a yearly gathering of IT Professionals and Practitioners in Nigeria and Diaspora with the objective of discussing and strategizing on emerging issues in IT and generating recommendations and decisions that impact positively on the industry and the nation.
Noting that CPN and the NITDA ACT 2007 are about 25 and 11 years old respectively since their enactment, he argued that the operation of the Acts over the years has highlighted seeming ambiguities and conflict in some provisions of the Acts.
Core mandate of CPN/NITDA
“The core mandate of CPN is to control and supervise the Information Technology profession, while NITDA was established to plan, develop and promote the use of Information Technology in Nigeria. Since their establishment, the two bodies have made giant strides in varying degrees in fulfilling their mandates.
“Importantly too, contemporary and emerging developments both nationally and globally have made the review of both Acts imperative. “There is therefore need to remove ambiguities and areas of friction as well as include provisions that will strengthen the IT profession and Industry in Nigeria. “It was in the light of these that Council recently set up a Committee to articulate possible reviews of the two Acts.

Representation in Boards of MDAs
In another development, the CPN boss is seeking for more for more representation in the Boards and Councils of government Ministries, Departments and agencies, MDAs He informed that members of CPN currently are statutorily represented only on the board of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA.
This development has continued to worry CPN as a regulatory body charged with the regulation, control and supervision of the computing profession and practice in Nigeria under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education. Already, he said that CPN was in discussion with its supervisory Ministry, the Federal Ministry of Education to ensure that members of CPN were represented on the Boards and Councils of agencies under the Ministry.
According to him, the agencies being considered included the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, jamb, National Universities Commission ., NUC, Tertiary Education Trust Fund , TETFUND, National Board for Technical Education , NBTE, National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria , TRCN, Universal Basic Education Commission , UBEC, and National Examinations Council , NECO.
“We intend to extend this cause to other MDAs nationwide. It is our belief that if and when this step materializes, it will create opportunities for our members to participate in policy formulation in government as well as ensure appropriate and effective deployment of IT for governance”, the University Don told the IT professionals.