Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen
The Computer Professionals (Registration Council of) Nigeria (CPN) has said that operators of the Computer Based Test Centres in the country now required it certification to become candidates registration and exam centres for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations.
The move according to the Council becomes necessary to sanitise the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.
Speaking during an interaction with the media, in Lagos, yesterday, the Vice President/Vice Chairman-in-Council, CPN, Kole Jagun, said the sanitisation of the industry would be nationwide.
Jagun said CPN would do everything possible to move the sector forward.
CPN was established through Act No 49 of 1993. The Act was passed into law on June 10th and gazetted on August 9th of same year.
The Act makes it mandatory for all persons and organizations 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.
The Registrar/Secretary to Council, Allwell Achumba, said CPN as an Agency of Government that regulates and controls the practice of IT practice in Nigeria is keen to ensure that players in the IT ecosystem are the right people with the right skills needed to deliver world class services.
Achumba disclosed that 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.”
The President of CPN, Prof. Charles Uwadia, said the Council achieved a lot between July 2017 and March 2018.
He said CPN accredited four Tertiary Institutions on Computer Sciences and related courses from July to October, 2017. They include Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, B,Sc Computer Science in July, 2017 with Interim accreditation status; Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, B.Sc Computer Science in August, 2017 with Interim accreditation status; Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, B.Sc Information & Management Technology in August, 2017 with Full accreditation status and Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State, B.Sc Computer Science in October, 2017 with Interim accreditation status.