CPN to deepen effort in developing local ICT capacity

Computers Professionals (Registration Council of) Nigeria (CPN) on Monday, July 3, 2017, said it would intensify effort in developing local IT capacity in line with national requirements.

CPN President, Prof. Vincent Asor, made this known when he led a delegation from the CPN on a courtesy visit to the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu in Abuja.

The Computer Professional body was established on June 10, 1993 by the passage of Act No 49 into law, with the regulation, control and supervision of the computing profession and practice in Nigeria.

According to him, such effort in advancing local IT capacity will boost national endeavours to be self-reliance in driving socio-economic development.

Asor said that the mandate of the council included control and supervising computing profession, IT practice and quality assurance in computer education.

He said that the council would strengthen its effort toward curbing cybercrime in Nigeria.

He said that government had identified the need to put appropriate regulatory mechanism in place to ensure development of IT sector.

He said this would be done in an atmosphere that would be devoid of quackery, arbitrary practice and lack of standard.

In 2015, the Federal Government promulgated the Cybercrime Act. The Act was enacted to ensure the prohibition, prevention, detection, prosecution and punishment of cybercrimes in Nigerians.

This act also guarantees the protection of critical national information infrastructure; promote cyber security, protection of computer systems, networks, electronic communications, data and computer programmes, intellectual property and privacy right of Nigeria.

“The act, particularly in Section 7, mandated all cyber cafes in Nigeria to register with CPN and maintain a sign-in register of all users of their services.”

“This requirement for registration aims at ensuring that cyber cafes are monitored and support government’s effort at curbing cybercrimes”, he said.

Asor a Professor of Mathematics and Computer Modelling, said that the council would like to collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to fully actualise its aim.

“It is against this backdrop and others that we seek for collaboration between CPN and Ministry to protect Nigerians from cyber threats and attack”.

This will be, “by ensuring that all cyber cafes in Nigeria register with CPN as specified in the Cybercrime 2015 Act.

“We propose that the two Agencies and NCC cooperate and work toward the enforcement of the provision of the Cybercrime Act 2015”, he said.

Responding, Onu commended the council of its laudable work in the IT sector.

He promised that the ministry would offer all the supports needed to actualise its aim to uplift the nation.

Credit: NAN