The attention of Computer Professionals (Registration Council) of Nigeria [CPN] has been drawn to a story by one Emma Okonji with the caption ”Oronsaye’s Report: FG Moves to Scrap Computer Professional Council” published in THISDAY NEWSPAPER on pages 23 and 24 of Thursday, 26th February, 2015. We want to state categorically that the information given in that story are totally false, untrue and a misrepresentation of facts.
It is not true that government is considering or ever considered the scrapping of CPN.
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 has been faithful to its mandate and so government is not considering scrapping it.
The issue of salary stoppage of its staff was 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.
CPN remains the only Federal Government Agency charged with the responsibility of regulating, controlling and supervising the computing industry in the country.
CPN is busy engaged 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.
CPN will therefore want to use this medium to correct the erroneous impression created by that publication in the minds of its members, students, partners, affiliates, organizations, institutions, etc and wishes to put the record straight that CPN has not been scrapped and is not about to be scrapped by government.
CPN will like to advise 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.