By Emeka Aginam
The President and Chairman of Council, the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) Prof. Vincent Asor, has disclosed that Nigerian universities’ response over the accreditation of its Information Technology courses by the Council has been very slow.
The CPN boss stated this recently in Lagos while unfolding details of the 2016 Information Technology Professionals Assembly scheduled for next week in Kaduna, Kaduna State.
He said that CPN had contacted all the Universities including Federal, State and private on the need for the accreditation of their Information Technology courses, but the universities appear reticent.
“There are no fewer than 140 universities in this country. It is the responsibility of CPN to determine what standards of knowledge and skills required for would-be graduates desiring to practice Information Technology in Nigeria.
“As the regulatory body for IT education in Nigeria and without loss of generality to the existence of the National Universities Commission, CPN is responsible for the accreditation for courses that will churn out professionals in IT practice. Today, how many universities have CPN accreditation?
“The CPN act is clear about it. We have written to the universities but the response is slow. Very slow. In fact, some universities wrote back challenging our authority to so act. They don’t understand where the line is drawn between NUC and CPN. We have explained and most of them are still adamant. Less than 3% of over 150 Universities have responded.
“The NUC is not to determine the standards of knowledge and skills to practice the IT profession. CPN does. This is a quackery challenge in the Ivory Tower,” Asor noted.
He said going forward, the CPN will fish them out. It is illegal to so act. We are working with other agencies of government like Corporate Affairs Commission, Bureau of Public Enterprise, BPE, among others to block these loopholes, especially on the revenue loss aspects through non accreditation and quackery in IT practice.
“Now the regulatory and enforcement Unit of CPN will come out for action and I want to warn because we are going out and we know where they are and how to fish them out. We shall collaborate with law enforcement agencies to ensure people do the right thing,” he added.
Throwing more light on enforcement, in his remarks earlier, the Acting Registrar and Secretary to the Council of CPN, Mr. Idowu Olusile added that sensitization is now completed. “This is action time to claim our mandate and also support government to realize the reasons for our establishment. We shall begin enforcement immediately. It is not going to be business as usual again.
“CPN over time has tried to persuade people to register but we believe now that we have done enough sensitization and awareness and now is time for enforcement,” he added.
CPN was established via Act No. 49 of 1993 under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education. The Council is primarily charged with responsibility for building-up local Information Technology (IT) capacity as well as the regulation of IT practice in Nigeria.