The President of Council, Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria) Kole Jagun, says Information Technology has the capacity to generate revenue for the Federal Government more than any other sector of the economy.
PlatinumPost reports that oil and Value Added Tax (VAT) have remained main sources of revenue for government at all levels.
But speaking during the inauguration of the Council by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu on Thursday in Abuja, Jagun said IT remains the best bet to reposition the economy.
He said : “We are all aware of the efforts of the Federal
Government of Nigeria at deepening Information Technology in Nigeria, because of the realization that Information Technology is a tool for building a better life, through the acquisition of knowledge and practical skills as well as a tool for eradicating poverty.
” It 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.
” Fellow Council members, we have a substantial contribution to make and this contribution is to grow the penetration of ICT maximally so that it can impact positively on the economy and other aspects of our people’s lives.
” The global economic meltdown brought about by the incidence and the persistence of the COVID 19 pandemic has provided a big challenge for us as professionals, and we need to rise up to it.”
Inaugurating the 2021 – 2023 of the CPN Council, Adamu, represented by the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said as the Agency of Government established to control and regulate the practice of Information Technology profession in Nigeria, the role of CPN in the scheme of developmental goals government cannot be over-emphasized.
His words: “Information Technology is a critical sector and the flagship of other professions. In government circles, it is a profession which we all take seriously in the course of our drive for sustainable developments.
” 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.
The Federal Ministry of Education is conscious of your efforts at
enforcing the Act that established you by making it mandatory for all individuals and corporate organizations that are practicing Information Technology in Nigeria to register with CPN.
The global practice is for professionals to regulate their profession properly in order to ensure standards and best practices.
“Therefore, all Individuals and Corporate organizations that are into Information Technology practice should register with Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria).
In this, Council has the support of the Ministry and of government in its fight against quacks, impostors and all irregularities in the IT industry.”
On the office accommodation challenge being faced by the council in Abuja, the minister directed the Permanent Secretary, Sonny Echono, to write to the Federal Government’s committee on seized properties to provide one of the buildings to CPN.