Accountants urged to be more proactive, professional in dealings
Cyril Mbah, Abuja
The Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) has appealed to its members nationwide to defend the ethics of the profession by being honest, proactive and professional in every business dealings with members of the public.
President of the ANAN, Professor Benjamin Chuks Osisioma said mandatory continuing professional development programmes initiated into Nigeria for accountants in 1996 has become a mandatory self advancement initiative for members of ANAN.
Professor Osisioma made these remarks while addressing the 2021 session of the Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme with the theme (Re-engineering the accounting profession in post COVID era) held in Abuja on Thursday.
He remarked that ANAN will ensure that members remain at the cutting edge of development and modernisation, adding: “We do not want to be left behind by history. We decided to bring the latest developments in the profession to members because we want our members to be aware and become part of it. “We come together yearly to refresh ourselves in order not to fail the community and the society at large,”Prof. Osisioma said.
He also added that a lot is happening in the accounting profession, adding “we leverage on anything that has to do with information technology. We want to become digital, we want to remain on the cutting edge of latest developments.”
In an interview with newsmen after the well-attended event, Chairman ANAN Abuja Branch, Mr. Wahab Shina Imoniyi said it is expected that members will be well equipped with ICT knowledge at the end of the programme like the theme suggested and be able to apply the knowledge at their various places of work.
Omoniyi said many things are changing in the dynamic world and accountants cannot afford to remain ignorant of modern trends, especially after surviving the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic which affected many businesses.
“As accountants, we ensure we use the best business practices to survive and we must also ensure we give meaningful service and contributions to society to move the nation forward from crimes to opportunities,” he said.
Omoniyi said it is imperative to equip accountants with advanced knowledge that will make them ready and dynamic to properly fit into the affairs of the nation.
He said the importance of the training included to refresh members’ memories with new ideas and knowledge, so that they do not only depend on what they learnt from academic institutions because there are many issues involved as far as financial matters are concerned.