Accountants support anti-corruption crusade
The President and Chairman of Council of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), Mr. Anthony Chukwuemeka Nzom, has said that accountants are totally in support of the anti-corruption war being waged by the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Nzom said that the accountants as professionals owe it a duty to the government of the day to prove their mettle that they are fair and transparent in all their actions. He spoke at the Nigerian College of Accountancy in Kwall, Bassa Local Government of Plateau State, during the 7th Convocation ceremony of the college for Courses 21 and 22 graduating students.
According to him, “Accountancy profession preaches, studies, writes accountability. Accountability leads to transparency. Transparency leads to good governance. Any society where there is good governance, corruption will be very much minimised.” The ANAN President said that the college is the training arm of ANAN that bears the brunt of executing the ANAN mandate of advancing the science of accountancy. Nzom, who was elated, disclosed that the college first started in 1984/85 session with only 10 students and continued consequently where after five years of no academic activities which ensued later which led to a lull in the institution.
He said he heaved a sigh of relief in 1994/95 session when academic activities commenced again as students’ population grew astronomically from 54 in 1994/95 session to 3,620 in 2015/2016. In his welcome address, the Director – General, Nigerian College of Accountancy, Dr. Joseph Femi Adebisi, said the college was conceived and built on the ideas of the great founding fathers but now being nurtured by the ideals of good corporate governance.
Adebisi was happy when he disclosed that the college, which started with only eight students in a rented apartment in 1994/95, has over the years graduated over 39,000 students. He said that at the moment, the true global concept is unfolding as there are five students from Franco – phone countries of Mali, Cameroun and Cote d’ivoire the development he described as the beginning of global exposure. In a goodwill message to the occasion, Plateau State governor Simon Lalong charged the accountants to be up and doing in their activities as they are held responsible should the economy go bad while they will also be praised if the economy improves. Lalong urged them to go out there to prove their professionalism about what they studied while in the college. He commended the management of the institution for a job well done. The governor and Hon. Abike Dabiri – Erewa were given awards of the college.