The Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria) (CPN) on Friday, May 29, urged IT establishments and professionals to adhere to “the recent Presidential Executive Order 005 on Planning and Execution of Projects; Promotion of Nigerian Content in Contracts and Science; Engineering and Technology, signed into law by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari.”
This was contained in a statement issued by Allwell Acumba, the CPN Secretary.
Achumba explained that this became “imperative in order to enhance the growth of the Nigerian economy in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is through the integration of Information Technology into the socio-economic development of Nigeria; and fully transform the country into the new normal of a knowledge-based digital economy.”
According to the CPN statement, it was further revealed that this is pursuant to “the Act No. 49 of 1993; and charged with the responsibility of the control and supervision of IT profession and practice in Nigeria; quality assurance in computer education; as well as developing local IT capacity in tune with national and international standards.
“The Act makes it mandatory for all persons and organisations seeking to engage; or engaged in the sale and/or use of computing facilities; and the provision of professional services in computing or services related to the use of computational machinery in Nigeria to be registered by CPN and licensed to carry out such services.”
It also stated that the Executive Orders make it illegal for any establishment to engage in computing services; without a valid license.
“It is also worthy to note that contravention of Section 22 of CPN Act; CAP C22 LFN 2004 is an offense; punishable with both fine and imprisonment.
“Persons and organisations that are engaged in the provisions of IT services and Computer Science/IT training institutions are therefore advised to register appropriately with the CPN.”