ICT experts urged to inculcate ethical values, professionalism

Na'ankwat Dariem,Abuja


The President of the Computer Professional in Nigeria, Professor Charles Uwadia has called on IT experts to imbibe ethical values and professionalism in practice.

Professor Uwadia made the call at the 25th Information Technology Professional’s Assembly held in Abuja, Nigeria.

He identified professionalism as a catalyst in ensuring the safety, quality and integrity of ICT solutions been provided globally and urged the Nigerian government to put measures in place to ensure the development of ICT in the country.

Professor Uwadia who noted that ICT is a driver of the socio-economic development of any nation added that “there is the need to put appropriate regulatory mechanisms in place to ensure that growth and development in Nigeria’s IT sector occur within an atmosphere devoid of quackery, arbitrary practice and paucity of standards. Under the Act, CPN is responsible for the control and supervision of the computing profession and IT practice in Nigeria; quality assurance in computer education; as well as developing local IT capacity in tune with national and international requirements.”

Also, the President of Nigeria Computer Society, Professor Ganiu Aderounmu advised the government to enforce proper ICT professional Career in Civil Service, to award IT contacts to only professionals and the implementation of IT policies be guided by local content to ensure standards and best practices.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu, who was represented by the Director of ICT in the Ministry, Mr Orji IK reiterated government’s commitment to the integration of ICT in levels of learning across the country.

“Government realises the article role ICT plays towards the attainment of qualitative education and has made it a priority. As a result, efforts are being made towards the integration of ICT into education. The efforts are focused on increasing access through distant learning; enabling a knowledge network for learners: training teachers, broadening the availability of quality education materials, “he said

On his part , the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha gave the assurance that the government will continue to support and assist professional bodies saying that ” the global practice is for professionals to regulate their profession properly in order to ensure standards and best practices. We therefore expect that all Individuals and Corporate organizations that are into Information Technology practice register with Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria).”

The theme of this year’s conference is “Professionalism in Information Technology; Past, Present and Future.