In a bid to address the irregularities in the Information Technology industry, the FG has directed all professionals in the field to register with Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, CPN, in order to avoid sanctions.
The Minister for Education, Adamu Adamu gave the directive during the formal inauguration of the 2021-2023 council of the CPN in Abuja while emphasizing that the directive is geared towards the need to enhance smooth running of the sector as well as address quackery and imposters in the field. Adamu who was represented by the Minister of state for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, stated that the Federal Government will not relent in its efforts to make Nigeria a giant in Information Technology.
“The Federal Ministry of Education is not ignorant of your efforts in enforcing the Act that established the system, hence the ministry is making it mandatory for all professionals in Nigeria. With this, the council has the support of the government in its fight against imposters, quacks and any form of irregularity. This will also aid the professionals to regulate their profession so as to ensure that standard is maintained and the practice is kept at its best” he said.
He also added that the task of nation-building through IT is a vast one but as vast as it is, it is not impossible. It is something that can and will be done, he added. “We are all aware of what vibrant and progressive policies in IT have done for many countries around the world. With our determination, will-power and professionalism, I know we can attain even greater heights and the impact will resonate around the world.” Adamu noted that as part of efforts to improve the Information Technology field, the government is keen in its commitment to raise new generations of youth that will be properly fortified with IT knowledge so as to position them for global competitiveness.
Also speaking at the event, the President and Chairman of the Council, Mr. Kole Jagun, said that the council is more than ready to put all modalities in place to ensure that the industry has been placed on a higher pedestal. “The council has come up with brilliant initiatives to see to the repositioning of the IT industry in Nigeria and to promote the sustainable development of the country. In spite of other revenue sources around, Mr. Kole advised that there is no better time to look inwards and create other sources of revenue for the government than now. According to him, the IT sector is a very big and lucrative one that has the tendency to surpass all other revenue sources in the country if it is properly harnessed.