The Computer Professionals (Registration Council) of Nigeria (CPN) has inducted three hundred and eighteen (318) new members as part of programmes for this year’s Information Technology (IT) Assembly ongoing at NICON Luxury Hotel, Abuja.
CPN was established by Act No 49 of 1993. The Act was passed into law on 10th of June and gazetted on the 9th of August that year. It is a regulatory body charged with the regulation, control and supervision of the computing profession and practice in Nigeria in line with Section 1 (2) of the Act, and is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education.
Addressing the new inductees into one of the noblest professions, the President/Chairman-in-Council of CPN, Professor Charles Uwadia, a fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), said that given that they are new entrants into the burgeoning world of Information Technology (IT), they must not take anything for granted regarding the knowledge of the profession.
He enumerated functions and responsibilities of CPN include, which is not limited to “determine the standards of knowledge and skills to be attained by persons seeking to become members of the computing profession and improve those standards from time to time as circumstances may permit and "Secure, in accordance with the provision of the Act, the establishment and maintenance of a register of persons seeking to be registered under the Act to practice the computing profession and the publication from time to time of the list of such persons".
Consequently, Prof. Uwadia said, the Council is responsible for organization, control and supervision of computing practice in Nigeria; screening of individuals seeking to be registered to engage in the sale or use of computing facilities and the provision of professional services in computing in the country; ensuring high computing professional Ethics and Standards and creation and sustenance of local and international contacts for our numerous members.