CPN holds IT professionals assembly in Calabar 

THE Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), has concluded plans to hold 2015 edition of its Technology Professionals’ Assembly with the theme, “Developments in Information Technology in Nigeria: Gains, Challenges and Way Forward”, scheduled to take place today, in Calabar, Cross River State.
This year edition of the programme, according to body, many IT firms are on line to meet the requirements for registration as the Information Technology (IT) professionals ahead of the IT professionals assembly, it may not be business as usual again for quacks practicing in the industry.
The IT Assembly which is the flagship of all IT programmes in Nigeria, is an exclusive networking event for senior Information Technology (IT) decision makers, IT consultants, upcoming IT entrepreneurs, start–ups, IT practitioners, teachers and IT Systems administrators.
The Registrar/ Secretary of CPN, Sikiru Shehu who addressed IT journalists over the weekend ahead of IT professional assembly/ Yearly General Meeting
“The Act 49 of 1993, referred to above, makes it mandatory for all persons and organizations seeking to engage, or engaged in the sale or use of computing facilities and the provision of professional services in computing as well as the use of computational machinery and techniques related thereto to be registered by the Council and licensed to carry out such activities.
“ It is illegal to engage in computing and professional practice without satisfying the above condition- registration and possession of a current valid licence.
“Unfortunately, the IT industry is still an open market. We have a lot quacks in the IT profession. We are moving forward to stamp out quacks. You cannot bid ay IT work in the country unless you are a registered member of CPN. All heads of Units in the government agencies or parastatals must be registered by CPN.
We have written to government agencies
“People need to register with CPN before they can practice otherwise they will face necessary sanctions. We cannot continue with quacks in the industry. We will go tough with quacks henceforth.

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