The Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) has vowed that it is determined to fish out quacks practising information technology (IT) in Nigeria, without “appropriate registration.”
Professor Vincent Asor, CPN President told participants during the induction of 300 new members into the IT profession at the 2016 Information Technology Professionals Assembly held with theme “Towards a Dependable and Sustainable National IT Infrastructure” in Kaduna State.
Asor who welcomed the new inductees, says that the legitimisation of their professional practice in IT sector has just begun, while charging the new inductees to channel their energies and talents on positive things that would benefit their organisations and Nigeria, as they are expected to contribute towards the development of the Nigerian IT ecosystem.[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”right” arrow=”yes”]”It is definitely illegal to engage in computing professional practice without satisfying the above conditions registration and possession of a current valid. By the nature of the profession, which makes it possible for a lot of people to use IT tool in their daily day to day operations, some people are now claiming to be what they are not, Asor told participants at the forum.[/quote]
The CPN President reiterated the commitment of the Council to flush out quack IT practitioners in the country.
The CPN top brass explains that provisions of the Act 49 of 1993 that established CPN makes it mandatory for all persons and organisations seeking to engage in the sale and/or use of computing facilities, and/or the provision of professional services in computing in Nigeria to be registered by the Council and licensed to carry out such activities.
“It is definitely illegal to engage in computing professional practice without satisfying the above conditions registration and possession of a current valid. By the nature of the profession, which makes it possible for a lot of people to use IT tool in their daily day to day operations, some people are now claiming to be what they are not, Asor told participants at the forum.
“Also, those who are not qualified to execute IT jobs are the ones getting it. This is quite absurd and unacceptable to use. Therefore, as professionals, you have to join forces with us in fighting the scourge”, he adds.
Asor further explained that persons and corporate bodies that registered with CPN, in addition to being eligible to carry out business, stand to enjoy many benefits including raising professional standards/status and recognition as a registered computing practitioners that is allowed to use Chartered Information Technology Practitioner (C.I.T.P) after their names. Such professionals also enjoy protection from the public from exploitation, harassment in the course of performing legitimate professional activities, among other benefits, he added.
He noted that CPN was established to determine what standards of knowledge and skills are to be attained by persons seeking to become members of the computing profession and improving those standards from time to time. It was also empowered to establish and maintain a register of persons seeking to be registered under the establishing law to practice computing profession in Nigeria.