Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule has commended the leadership of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, ANAN, for sustaining the culture of professionalism among its members over the years.
The Deputy Governor said that the professional conduct of members of the Association has assisted in instilling the consciousness of probity and accountability in the minds of workers in both the public and private sectors.
Adebule spoke through the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Yetunde Odeajayi at the opening of the 6th Session of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) 2018 Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme held at Ikeja Lagos on Tuesday.
According to her, the annual gathering of professional accountants across the country has been helpful in sharpening the skills of the practitioners and exposing accountants to new professional standards both locally and internationally.
She said “This training is very apt and ANAN is doing a fantastic job at making sure that the training is compulsory for its members because of the strategic nature of the profession. Accountants have the professional know-how on the management of funds and where things are getting wrong or where leaders are mismanaging resources, they are always there to advice”.
In his remarks, the National President and Chairman of the Council, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), Alhaji Ladan Shehu Usman, thanked the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for the courtesy and hospitality that all the members of the Association enjoyed as well as ensuring that the success of the 6th Session for Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme for the entire members of the Association.
Usman also commended the Federal Government for its efforts to address the challenges of transparency, accountability, corruption and poor service delivery through the Public Finance Management Reforms.
He encouraged States that are yet to adopt the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) to do so, as it helps governments in making better decisions in resource allocation, saying that the Association is ready to partner with any tier of government in training its workforce for the full implementation of IPSAS.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman, Ikeja Branch of ANAN, Lagos State, who is also the Chairman, Local Organising Committee for the event, Mr. Bernard Akinnola noted that this year’s Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme for the Association was designed to enrich the manpower development and capacity building of its members and in enhancing skillful practice and ethical conduct.
He added that this year’s theme “Enhancing Proficiency in Professionalism in Public and Private Sectors” is a call on all members to continue to exhibit a high degree of professional skills, care and due diligence in the discharge of fiduciary and allied duties.
“The training is, therefore, a skill renewal process and a channel for knowledge acquisition through training and retraining, and it is believed that the impact of the training will be validated by the increased professionalism that participants will bring to bear on their jobs after the lecture”, he said.