With over 300,000 people engaging in one form of Information Technology , IT, jobs or the other across the Federal government agencies and Ministries, the President of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, CPN, Prof. Vincent Asor, has said that if the federal government can check activities of non registered IT professionals, the Council could raise over N2 billion annually from IT regulations.
Asor who stated this Tuesday in Lagos while unfolding details of the 2017 IT Professionals Assembly slated for this month in Abuja with the theme IT for good governance and economic transformation noted that money could be raised by the Council if each of the over 300,000 government workers performing IT jobs pays N6,500 to the CPN as an annual dues.
CPN is a body under the Ministry of education charged with the control and supervision of the computing profession in the country.
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.
Leapfrogging national development Using Technology , transforming national potentials to social empowerment and economic advantage through IT, Cyber Infrastructure Protection Strategies, Leveraging on Software to Achieve Transparency, Trust and Good Governance in Nigeria, Smarter Environment with Internet of Things ,IoT, fighting corruption with emerging technologies, among others, he said are among sub-themes during the IT Assembly.
While calling on the federal government to disengage all IT practitioners within the government circle who are not registered with the CPN, Asor said the IT practice in Nigeria has the potentials to make the economy strong.
According to the University Don, “It is definitely illegal to engage in computing professional practice without satisfying the conditions for registration”,
“By the nature of the profession, which makes it possible for a lot of people to use IT tools in their daily day to day operations, some people are now claiming to be what they are not”
Admitting that some of the government agencies are now ready and willing to work with Council in its regulatory role, he insisted that, “The government should write a memo mandating all its workers engaging IT practice to register with CPN. The money raised will go back to the government. We need government support to drive this. We need government support to enforce compliance on quackery”.
According to him, the Council has since embarked on rigorous enforcement on registration, but warned that establishments who have employed non-registered IT Practitioners have been advised to ask such practitioners to commence the process for registering with the Council forthwith or risk facing the wrath of the law.
The response of tertiary institutions to Council professional accreditation of their Computer Science and related programmes, he said is improving by the day due to constant engagement with the leadership of the tertiary institutions.
“The Computer Professional Examination, CPE, is growing in terms of number of candidates, recognition and acceptance”, he said, adding that the Council is concluding discussions with some universities on the possibility of their undergraduates writing the CPE so that they can be chartered by the time they are graduating”, he explained.
By Emeka Aginam