The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu made this disclosure at the occasion of the inauguration of the 2021-2023 Council of Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria) [CPN) held in Abuja on Thursday.
Adamu said that the Nigerian government is committed to making Nigeria a giant IT-compliant economy.
Though Minister lauded CPN for aligning with the vision through its various programs and activities that were geared towards making the vision a reality, he enjoined the Council members to come up with initiatives that will help the government achieve this set of objectives.
According to the Minister, the establishment of CPN is government’s way of demostrating its commitment to the development and deployment of IT in Nigeria.
“Therefore, the establishment of CPN is Government’s way of demonstrating its commitment to the development and deployment of Information Technology in Nigeria. Today, the conduct of government business has become knowledge-intensive on account of the need for the deployment and application of ICT know-how towards our socio-economic growth and development.
“The task of nation building through Information Technology is an enormous one, but it is something we can do. We are all aware of what a dynamic and progressive policy in Information Technology has done for many countries around the world. With our determination, commitment and professionalism, we can attain and surpass their record.
“I wish to remind members of CPN that, the nation’s expectations and hopes are high, but the caliber of the Council members gives me confidence that this Council has competent hands to face the challenges of regulating the fastest developing profession in the world. It is a profession through which our lives have been affected and transformed by virtue of our deployment of Information Technology in the execution of our tasks.
“It is against this background that the present government is extending its support and assistance to your professional body in order to enable it realize its set objectives of accelerated Information Technology growth and penetration in Nigeria,” he said.
Adamu, therefore, promised the Council the Ministry’s support to achieve its set goals and assist the management in relocating staff members from Lagos to Abuja.
Speaking earlier, the President/Chairman of Council, Kole Jagun said CPN has come a long way in its bid to reposition the Information Technology industry in Nigeria for the sustainable developments of the industry and the nation.
Explaining further, Jagun said CPN was established by an Act of Parliament, Act 49 of 1993 to regulate and supervise the computing industry in Nigeria.
He said CPN will leverage on the
relationship between the Council and the Federal Ministry
Education, saying that they are going to work more with the Minister and his Management Team to ensure that Information Technology Education is entrenched in the country.
The Council’s president said that Information Technology has also become a revenue source for the federal government, which, if properly harnessed, may even surpass other forms of revenue source. The time is now, to use our creative talents to look inwards and create other sources of revenue for government.
“Series of programmes have been embarked on to bring about a sharp
improvement in Information Technology development in Nigeria and make it a veritable tool for foreign exchange earning in Nigeria. Additionally, the actualization of our youth’s potentials in Information Technology is being taken seriously,” he added.
Meanwhile, in the cause of the inauguration, the CPN president appealed to the Minister to help the Council in relocation of their staff members to Abuja.