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CPN goes tough on standards in IT industry

By Emeka Aginam & Emmanuel Elebeke
There appears to be tough days ahead for quacks and half-baked IT professionals who hijack  IT jobs  in the Nigerian economy only to offer very disappointing services, as the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), has warned that compliance with standardization of  IT jobs and training  must be fully enforced.

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This development which has continued to be a serious concern  to  both government and IT professionals in the country, according to the CPN’s Registrar, Mr. Sikiru Shehu in a telephone conversation with CyberLIFE last Monday, in Lagos must stop, adding that CPN will sanction any individual or corporate body involved in such practices.

“We have a strategy in place to checkmate unregistered and registered persons who apply for IT jobs without compliance to standardization. We have an instrument to checkmate them. It is compulsory that those who apply for IT  jobs or engage in IT training  must meet statutory requirements.

“We check both registered and unregistered IT professionals. If you are a registered IT professional and offers sub-standard  IT jobs, CPN  which regulates professional activities in the IT industry will sanction you. That is the point we are trying to make. The era quacks IT professionals who offer sub-standard jobs and training is gone”, the CPN Registrar said.

While urging  IT firms and professionals operating in the country to focus more on meeting the legal requirements as stipulated in the Act and conform with  the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, he said that  the need for greater professional excellence had become more imperative in view of increasing deployment of IT for various purposes in the country.
“There is a steadily growing understanding on the use of IT both in government and in the private sector. This  was underscored by the increasing investment that both government and the private sector were now putting into Information Technology.

“The quest towards fulfilling its mandate of promoting professional excellence, CPN would continue to ensure that firms and individuals offering services in the IT industry do so professionally and also with commensurate returns on their investment.

“The era in which quacks and half-baked persons hijacked IT jobs only to offer very disappointing services must come to an end, adding that this will be one of the major issues that would be fully discussed at the forthcoming Information Technology Professionals’ Assembly.

“IT has come to now play a central role in national development and there is need for effective compliance with legal requirements by individuals and firms. It is important there that CPN plays a role at ensuring that this is accomplished.
Ahead of   this year’s Information Technology Professionals’ Assembly slated for next month in Abuja, he said that CPN  would once again use it as a veritable platform to discuss  issues that would take the industry to a new level.

With   “IT: An Imperative for National Development” as this year theme, he said that the capacity building conference would   focus on the need to ensure that professionals put in their best for the realization of national developmental goals and aspirations.

On the recent directive by the Federal Government for the National ICT4D action plan to be implemented, he said that CPN would be in the forefront of pursuing the realization of this plan by ensuring that professionals were in the right places in government establishments.  It would be recalled that the  Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) was established by Decree No. 49 of 1993, promulgated on June 10, and gazetted on August 9, of that year.

In line with its statutorily-assigned duties through Decree 49 of 1993, Council has embarked on the programme of Accreditation of Computer Training Institutions. Some private and public computer training institutions are visited from time to time  in order to ensure that there is quality control in the industry. Universities of Benin, Lagos, Ibadan and Federal University of Technology, Akure as well as Covenant University, Ota and Yaba College of Technology have had their pomputer programmes accredited by the Council.


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