5G adoption: Nigerian Computer Professionals to hold virtual assembly

By Na'ankwat Dariem, Abuja

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The Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, CPN, is to hold its Annual IT Professionals’ Assembly and General Meeting on 9th July, 2020.

Themed “Adoption of 5G in Nigeria: The Technological and Regulatory Challenges”, the assembly which will be held virtually is the 14th edition in the series of Information Technology Professionals’ Assembly.

Economic growth
The Computer Professionals told newsmen that the adoption of 5th Generation (5G) telecom network would drive economic growth and social inclusion in Nigeria.

The President and Chairman of  Council of Computer Professionals (CPN), Professor Charles Uwadia who spoke on behalf of his members stated that 5G’s adoption would not be without challenges in Nigeria.

There is no doubt that the adoption of 5G, which has been touted as the next frontier of investment, has the potentials to drive economic growth and social inclusion.

“It is for this reason that the 2020 IT Professionals’ Assembly would be considering the technological and regulatory challenges associated with the adoption of 5G viz-a-viz the future of frequency bands, deployment and coverage, device support, security and privacy, Digital Infrastructure challenges, outdated regulatory policies, removal of impediments to the expansion of digital infrastructures, commitment to actions that promote the long-term growth of the digital economy, misgivings and health concerns against it, among other issues,’’ Professor Uwadia reiterated.

He urged members of the public to partner with the council to make Nigerians well informed of events and activities, geared toward assisting the country to maximise its potential in information technology and using information technology.

Registration
Professor Uwadia also called for proper registration of computer professional in Nigeria, advising those seeking to engage in the sales or use of computing facilities and provision of professionals services in computing to register with the council.

According to him, it is illegal to engage in computing and professional practice without satisfying the above registration conditions and possession of a current valid licence.

As you are aware, CPN was established through Act No 49 of 1993. It was signed on June 10 and gazetted on August 9 that year.It is a corporate entity that is charged with the regulation, control and supervision of the computing profession and practice in Nigeria, in line with Section 1(2) of the Act. The council herein referred to as CPN is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education,’’Council President stated .

Professor Uwadia said the council’s function include; determining the standards of knowledge and skills to be attained by persons seeking to become members of the computing profession and improve those standards from time to time as circumstances might permit.

The Council President said council was responsible for the organisation of computing practice in Nigeria, and supervision of the practice of computing in Nigeria.

”The CPN is responsible for screening of individuals seeking to be registered to engage in the sale or use of computational machinery and techniques related, as well as the provision of professional services in computing,” he further stated.

Professor Uwadia explained that other responsibilities; include ensuring high computing professional Ethics and Standards, creation and sustenance of local and international contacts for members, reduced charges for some specific professional services and facilities.

He noted that the council determines the academic standards in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and other related disciplines; accreditation of institutions’ courses and programmes as well as evaluation of certificates.

Professor Uwadia added that the council also has the responsibility of conducting professional examinations in computing, in collaboration with the Nigeria Computer Society.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere