Monday, March 02, 2015

CPN refutes media reports, insists not slated for scrap

The Computer Professionals (Registration Council) of Nigeria (CPN) has refuted the news making a round in the media of its being slated for scrap by the Federal Government (FG), reports ITRealms.

The rebuttal came on the wake of a media report attributed to a cross section of Nigerian media based on Stephen Oronsaye’s presidential committee report on proposed scrapping of some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

According to the Registrar of CPN, Mr. Sikiru Shehu in a rejoinder made available to ITRealms, said that one of such report entitled “REJOINDER TO THISDAY NEWSPAPER STORY ON PAGES 23 AND 24 OF THURSDAY, 26TH FEBRUARY, 2015 TITLED ‘ORONSAYE'S REPORT: FG MOVES TO SCRAP COMPUTER PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL.’”

He said the story was totally false, untrue and a misrepresentation of facts.

“It is not true that government is considering or ever considered the scrapping of CPN,” he declared, stressing that CPN is an agency under the Federal Ministry of Education duly established by law [Act No. 49 of 1993] with a very clear and unambiguous mandate to regulate, control and supervise the Information Technology profession in the country.

CPN, Shehu insisted, has been faithful to its mandate and “so government is not considering scrapping it.”

On the issue of salary stoppage of its staff, the registrar alleged a misunderstanding of a circular issued by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in 2014, which has since been corrected.
“In fact, CPN will be defending its budget at the National Assembly in the first week of March, 2015,” he declared.

As said by him, CPN remains the only Federal Government Agency charged with the responsibility of regulating, controlling and supervising the computing industry in the country.

Maintaining that CPN is busy engaging in the discharge of its duties and responsibilities to its members, students, partners, affiliates, organizations, institutions, etc., and even looking forward to hosting its annual flagship event ‘The Information Technology Professionals Assembly’ in Calabar, Cross Rivers State from 10th-11th June, 2015 at the Transcorp Hotel.

Shehu further insisted the report was erroneous and beckoned its members to disregard any such report, while soliciting journalists to always confirm their facts from authentic and reliable sources within the organization rather than patronizing faceless and uninformed 'anonymous' sources before rushing to press, especially for the growth of the IT profession.

+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) @CPN
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