The Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria) have and National Information Technology Development Agency have agreed to collaborate on the review of the information technology projects in the country.
While addressing Media Houses and journalists at the CPN Media Executive Forum in Lagos at Sheraton Hotel and Tower at Ikeja, the President and Chairman of Council, CPN, Prof. Charles Uwadia, said the management of CPN and NITDA (National Information Technology Development Agency) formed a 10-member joint committee to work on the Federal Executive Order 005.
Uwadia said this became necessary as budgetary allocations to the IT projects by the government’s ministries, departments and agencies were often siphoned, leading to many failed projects and also eradicate quack in the IT industries.
In order to eradicate number of failing IT projects within MDAs and Government parastatas, the Presidency had directed the registration and licensing of the IT contractors and service providers in its executive order.
“At the meeting it was agreed that NITDA and CPN would collaborate to improve professionalism in information technology in Nigeria. A joint committee of NITDA – CPN was thereafter set up with five-members from each agency,” he said.
The Vice-President, CPN, Kole Jagun also hinted that the council would soon announce a strategic partnership with Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on the accreditation of the computer-based test centres in the country.
According to him, the accreditation, which will be implemented starting from 2019, will ensure only the CBT centres with logos of the CPN are used for JAMB examinations.
Jagun said this move would stop inconsistencies in the operations of the CBT centres during the examination and ensure optimum performance of the candidates.
“From next year, the CBT centres without the CPN logo will not host JAMB exams,” he said
As part of the CPN’s plan for the year, the vice-president stated that the council would partner the Nigerian University Commission in the design of curriculum for online degree programmes.
The partnership, according to him, will ensure that a system that will discourage the impersonation of students.
The Registrar of the Council, Allwell Achumba, in his remarks, stated that the media remained a dependable ally of the council in achieving its mandate of effective regulation of the IT practice in the country.
“The council believes that the media is critical to improving the visibility of the CPN and highlighting the importance of professionalism in the information technology industry in Nigeria,” he said.
The registrar stated that this year’s IT assembly themed ‘Professionalism in IT: Past, present and future’ would examine the progress made in the industry over the years and would provide a platform to honour people who had contributed to the profession since inception.
also stated that the council will be celebrating 25 years of existence in June, and its working with the National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to ensure that IT contractors not registered with it (CPN) are blocked from getting and executing Federal Governments ICT projects.