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Nigeria: CPN Approves Accreditation of Unilag, OAU, Three Others

12 March, 2013
Chima Akwaja, Leadership
March 12, 2013

Computer Professionals (Registration Council of Nigeria) has approved the results of accreditation teams to three universities as well as two private computer training schools.

The universities are University of Lagos, Lagos State University and Obafemi Awolowo University while the private computer training schools are Software Technology Park Limited, Abuja, and Meridian Technologies Limited, Maryland, Lagos, both franchisee of Aptech.

According to Mr. Amoo Taofeek Akanni, head, media and corporate communication, CPN, the regulator of information technology practice in Nigeria had last year instituted accreditation visits to private and public computer training institutions in order to ensure quality control assurance in IT education in Nigeria.

The accreditation panels were made up of seasoned academics and top industry practitioners, among whom were Prof. J. O. A. Ayeni who headed the accreditation panel to Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof Enoch O. Nwachukwu headed the team that visited the University of Lagos while Professor Rotimi Adagunodo led the team to the Lagos State University.

Additionally, Dr. Peter Olayiwola led the team that visited Software Technology Park Limited, Abuja while Professor Sylvanus Anigbogu headed the team that went to Meridian Technologies Limited, Maryland, Lagos. The panels examined thoroughly the academic programmes, facilities, faculties, etc. available in all the institutions visited and submitted their reports to Council based on their findings therein.

He stated that the CPN council thereafter examined the reports, deliberated on it and thereafter approved it at its meeting of Thursday, December 13, 2013. Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Lagos got full accreditation while Lagos State University was awarded an interim accreditation. Also, Software Technology Park Limited, Abuja and the Meridian Technologies Limited, Maryland, Lagos were awarded interim accreditation.

"For schools given interim accreditation, the minor deficiencies noticed by the accreditation team are expected to be corrected within the next two years when another team will be sent to inspect the level of compliance with Council's standards," he said. The CPN accreditation of academic programmes is a detailed appraisal of public and private computer training institutions in Nigeria.

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