Nigeria loses N4. 5b to IT quacks, says regulatory body
Nigeria is losing millions of naira to information technology quacks, the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) told the Federal Government at the weekend.
The CPN therefore advised government to join the body in registering the unregistered members from which it can generate over N4.5 billion yearly to government.
Speaking during an interaction with journalists in Lagos, at the weekend, the President and Chairman of CPN, Prof. Vincent Asor, assured that CPN alone could generate over N4.5 billion for government yearly, “if only government could summon up the courage to disengage all IT practitioners in government that are not registered with CPN.”
According to him, government has no reason to be financially bankrupt, if every individual and corporate organisation pays what is due to government.
“Government is broke because there are lots of financial leakages around the government circle and government has closed its eyes to it. In the practice of computing and computational process, for instance, government is losing billions of naira to unregistered IT practitioners, whom we describe as quacks in the IT profession, yet majority of them are in the government circle.
“Should all quacks, who are not registered and are practicing IT in Nigeria, decide to register with CPN, the council can raise over N4.5 billion for the Federal Government on a yearly basis,” Asor said.
Giving details on how the N4.5 billion could be raised, Asor said Nigeria has over 100,000 IT practitioners and should all of them register with CPN and pay their yearly dues of N10, 000 per annum, it would amount to N1 billion per annum.
Again, according to him, there are over 20,000 corporate organisations practicing IT that are registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and should all of them pay their supposed yearly levy of N150, 000, it will amount to N3 billion per annum.