Computer Professionals (Registration Council of) Nigeria (CPN) says it is taking on quacks in the Nigerian information and community sector across the country.
Professor Charles Uwadia, President/Chairman-in-Council of CPN says the Council of the body is working to sanitise the Nigerian ICT sector of quacks.
The CPN President explains that under its establishing law, the Council has made it mandatory for all persons and organisations 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.
Established by the Act No 49 of 1993, CPN disclosed that it is working with the National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to make sure IT contractors not registered with it (CPN) are blocked from getting and executing federal governments ICT projects.
Uwadia says that as a matter of urgency, IT practitioners not registered with CPN should do so as the body is embarking upon enforcement against unregistered players, who are referred to as quacks, which have started and would become more intense in 2018.
Similarly, Allwell Achumba, Registrar/Secretary to Council, says the Council has chosen to focus on IT as a tool to grow the economy and prepare local industries for global competitiveness as the sector is the heart of any growing economy.
In his words “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.
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.”