By Joy Odor
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has pledged the commitment of the Federal Government to the newly elected leaders of the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, (CPRCN) to make Nigeria a giant IT compliant economy.
The Minister of Education who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Mr Chuwkuemeka Nwajiuba gave the assurance while inaugurating the newly elected 2021-2023 leaders in Abuja.
According to him, the task of the nation building through Information Technology is an enormous one, as well as aware of a dynamic and progressive policy in Information Technology has done for many countries around the world.
The Minister maintained that with their determination, commitment and professionalism, (CPRCN) can attain and surpass other countries record in lT.
Alhaji Adamu directed individuals and corporate organizations that are into Information Technology practices to register with Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, (CPRCN).
The Minister added that the global practice is for professionals to regulate their profession properly to ensure standards and best practice, saying (CPRCN) has aligned with this vision through its various programmes and activities that are geared towards making the vision a reality.
Alhaji Adamu enjoined them to partner with government to ensure they turn out new generations of youths that would be properly equipped with IT knowledge and skills that will position the country for global competitiveness.
The Minister also said the Council has the support of the government in its fight against quacks, impostors and all irregularities in the IT industry.
“The Federal Ministry of Education is conscious of your efforts at enforcing the Act that established you by making it mandatory for all individuals and corporate organizations that are practicing Information Technology in Nigeria to register with (CPRCN).
He however directed the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, to write a request of an office building in Abuja for the CPN, from the relevant government agency.
Earlier in his opening speech, the President and Chairman of the Council, Mr Kole Jagun reminded that series of programmes have been embarked on to bring about improvement in Information Technology development in Nigeria.
Mr Jagun emphasized that the actualization of Nigerian Youths potentials in Information Technology is being taken seriously.
President of the Council tasked the members to rise up to addressing the major gaps created by the COVID 19 Pandemic, noting the agency has substantial contributions to make to grow the sector.
“We have a substantial contribution to make and this contribution is to grow the penetration of ICT maximally so that it can impact positively on the economy and other aspects of our people’s lives”
The global economic meltdown brought about by the incidence and the persistence of the COVID 19 pandemic has provided a big challenge for us as professionals, and we need to rise up to it”
Mr Jagun expressed readiness of the CPN to work more with the Minister of education and his arrangement Team to ensure that Information Technology Education is entrenched in the country.
He stressed that it was time to use the Nigerian creative talents to create other sources of revenue for the government.
The President who stated that it main office still operates from Lagos State solicited for the assistance of the Minister to assist with it relocation and as well the completion of the office building in Abuja.
The Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, (CPRCN), is the Agency of Government established to control and regulates the Practice of Information Technology profession in Nigeria.