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CPN goes tough over unprofessional conduct

The Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) has going tough over the unprofessional conduct of some members in the profession with the inauguration of a special investigative panel, which has gotten the nod of the Federal Government.

The registrar of the council, Mr. Mohammed Sikiru Shehu while briefing journalist about the 2013 IT Professionals’ Assembly said that the panel would deal with members who will go against the rules and standard of the CPN.

According to Shehu, “if the penal is satisfied with its findings at the level of investiagtion it can take its decision; however, if there are more things to work on, the panel will forward its report to a disciplinary committee, which is like a professional tribunal. And that tribunal is an equivalent of a Federal High Court.”

The CPN boss disclosed that it is only the Court of Appeal that can hear further any case brought to it by the Council saying that the Federal government has recommended that a Senior Advocate of Nigeria be part of the disciplinary committee.

He noted that the CPN has put in place many instruments to make sure that the profession is well regulated in the country adding, “We have found ourselves in a society that we do not want to be regulated and that is why we find the task of regulation very herculean in the country.”

He noted that a well-regulated environment is an organised society stating that as an organisation, we have put in place code of conduct and set rules and standard for the practice of the profession.

Shehu stated that the numbers of unaccredited private computer schools in the country has been dwindling stressing that that is because of the effort of the Council in the regulation of the profession.

He disclosed that the Council now has an enforcement team that has been going around to educate professionals about standard and that has made many professionals to come to the office to register adding that has made unregistered professionals to close shop.

On the award of the national identity card project to a foreign company, MasterCard, the Council head said that the CPN would do thorough investigation through the investigation panel and the enforcement team to find out if MasterCard is doing IT business.

He noted that if MasterCard is found doing IT business then necessary actions would be taken against saying that it is no longer business as usual in the practice of the profession in Nigeria.

He added that some contractors who have gone to the Bureau of Public Procurement for contract have been directed to the CPN for endorsement stressing that CPN would continue to work with other government agencies to ensure that sanity prevails in the practice of the profession.

While pledging that the CPN would continue to play its role, he said that the Council is putting more effort to ensure that the young professionals are well equipped through the CPN professionals’ examination.

He said that the council is poised towards ensuring that its curriculum is in line with the best practice across the world saying that the CPN IT Professionals’ Assembly is a place where polices are being generated although its plan is to have an IT ministry at the Federal level.

He disclosed that the CPN would take advantage of the assembly to relate with government and the private sector adding that “In the case of the computer village in Ikeja, if you put in place the right policy it will become more enviable in the continent.
Also speaking, Council member, Mr. Kola Jagun said that the scale of professional fees have been gazetted by the Federal Government after going through a lot of debate in the National Assemble.

He disclosed that any procurement from the Federal Government must that relates with the IT must be endorsed by the CPN while the company must be registered with the Council adding that due to the growth of the IT where more areas are emerging, the CPN is making room to accommodate others.

He said that there are over 143 areas in IT saying that while the CPN is making efforts to incorporate them, it needs the support of government.

He said that if a company is registered as an IT firm, there must be one or two persons on the board of the company who are members of the Council noting that lot enforcement has been made through its partnership with the Nigerian Computer Society.

He said this year’s IT assembly would explore the huge potentials in IT in the creating of wealth and nurturing the spirit of entrepreneurship in the Nigerian youths adding that there are going to be interactive sessions that will discuss IT  innovations in the country.

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