The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu has called on the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), to register all individuals and corporate organisations that are into Information Technology in the country.
The minister, who made the call while inaugurating the 2017 – 2019 members of the Council in Abuja on Friday, urged the council to enforce the Act establishing it.
Mr Timothy Akpoili, Press Officer in the ministry in a statement in Abuja quoted the minister as saying that the global practice is for professionals to regulate their profession properly in order to ensure standards and best practices.
He said that the Council has the support of the ministry and government in its fight against quacks, imposters and all abnormalities and irregularities in the IT industry.
The minister also said that the Federal Government was not leaving anything to chances in its efforts towards making Nigeria a giant IT compliant economy.
He enjoined the Council to enforce the Act establishing it and also come up with initiatives that would help government achieve its set objectives.
“You are enjoined to partner with government at ensuring that we turn out new generations of youths that are properly equipped with IT knowledge and skills and positioned for global competitiveness,” the Minister stressed.
Adamu commended the council for the model successes it has achieved for the past few years, and challenged the new council to improve and sustain the tempo by working hard towards accelerating Information Technology growth and penetration in Nigeria.
Also speaking, the President of the Council, Prof. Charles Uwadia thanked the minister for his support to the Council.
According to Uwadia, CPN is the engine room from where necessary policy and directives geared towards the development of IT education and practice in Nigeria are made.
He added that the council was a torch-bearer of the IT profession and practice in the country.
He listed some of the enormous task before the new council to growing penetration of IT maximally that would impact effectively on the economy and other aspect of life.
He expressed belief that with hard work, commitment and wisdom, the council would elevate IT education to loftier heights in the country. (NAN)