Wednesday, October 24, 2007

CPN takes IT assembly to Abuja

Information Technology (IT) professionals under the auspices of the Computer Professionals (Registration Council) of Nigeria (CPN), have taken the maiden edition of IT Assembly cum Annual General Meeting (AGM) to the capital city of the nation, Abuja.

Disclosing this, CPN President, Dr. (Mrs) Adenike Osofisan, said the programme taking place beginning tomorrow, Thursday through Friday at NICON Luxury Hotel, is a milestone for the proper positioning of CPN in effort to realise sustainable developments for the industry and the nation at large.

Dr. Osofisan who was accompanied by the former President of CPN, Chief Ojinta Oji-Alala and secretary to the council, Mr. Sikiru Akanji Shehu, said the assembly has been designed to be an annual event where topical issues on IT would be discussed.

“It was created as a continuation of our awareness generation drive to let people know what CPN is, reasons for its emergence and what IT practitioners stand to benefit when they join CPN,” she said.

CPN, she said, determined to sanction individuals and corporate organisations that engage in IT practice without being duly registered after the necessary awareness has been created.

This, she also said has become imperative because of the need for all the critical sectors of the economy to harness intellectual resources and partner with the federal government towards achieving the vision of making the nation a giant economy by year 2020.

Mrs. Osofisan equally said that prominent personalities have been selected as speakers from both the public and private sector for the event.

As said by her, two key papers have been slated for the two-day event including the “Trends in IT Regulation and Policy” to be delivered by the immediate past president of CPN and chairman of the National IT Development Agency (NITDA) Act Implementation Committee, Dr. M.M. Obi.

The second paper, she said, would focus on “Computer Technology and African University of Science and Technology” which the speaker is being kept to the heart until the d-day.

In addition, CPN plans to launch a blue print for primary and Junior Secondary School (JSS 1-3) syllabi in the country.

Minister of Education, Dr. Igwe Aja-Nwachukwu, she said, is expected to declare open the two-day programme.

“The event would also be a platform for the presentation of the blueprint for Computer Education Policy in Nigeria,” she said.

CPN was established in 1993 through Act 49 passed into law on June 10 and gazetted on August 9 of the same year.

“We’re a corporate entity that is charged with the regulation, control and supervision of the computing industry in Nigeria,” she said.

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