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OAuGF, ICAN Harp on Nation Building

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R-L: ICAN's 2nd Deputy Vice President, Tijjani Musa Isa, The Auditor-General for the Federation, Anthony Mkpe Ayine,

 the 55th ICAN President, Nnamdi .A. Okwuadigbo and the Vice President, Onome Joy Adewuyi during a courtesy visit on

Monday 9th September, 2019, at the Audit-House in Abuja.

 

The Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation (OAuGF) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) have expressed renewed commitment to promote accountability and transparency in the country’s public sector.

Receiving the 55th president of ICAN and members of the Governing Council at the Audit House in Abuja on Monday, as a prelude to the 49th Annual Accountants Conference holding from 9th - 13th September, 2019, the Auditor-General for the Federation, Anthony Mkpe Ayine, said the visit will afford members of his office interact with the leadership of the body for idea sharing and strengthening of relationships.

Ayine also thanked the council for the inauguration of the ICAN-OAuGF chapter in June 2018, adding that the focus of this year’s Conference tagged “Building Nigeria for Sustainable Growth and Development” is both timely and crucial. He called for concerted efforts to move the country forward.

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Group Photograph of Management Staff with Members of the ICAN Governing Council at the Audit House, Abuja.

“The current xenophobic and other dehumanizing attacks being witnessed by our citizens in some foreign countries provides a challenge to all professionals toward helping our country to be on the path of sustainable growth and development, thereby saving our citizens from further future embarrassment,” he said.

On his part, the ICAN President, Nnamdi Anthony Okwuadigbo, commended the AuGF for providing good leadership in line with the Office’s mandate and for his support to the Institute which made the publication of the maiden report of the ICAN Accountability Index, a first-of-its-kind mechanism for measuring public financial management across the country, possible.

Okwuadigbo further revealed that ICAN has launched a N50m whistleblower’s fund to protect and compensate members in public or private practice who may be victimized for reporting any form of financial infringement, a policy which has been successful and has received the acknowledgement and endorsement of the federal government.

The ICAN president also said from the year 2020, the Institute will conduct three batches of examinations, an improvement on the two it currently runs. This projection is as a result of the adoption of technology in the marking of examination scripts on-screen, instead of on-site, cutting the time taken to process results by half from eight weeks.

Speaking about its 49th Conference, Okwuadigbo urged the AuGF to support staff of his office who are members of the body to attend, adding that the Institute will be pleased to partner with the OAuGF to organize in-house trainings for the workforce.

 

Oghenekevwe Ebireri

For: DD (Information)

09-09-2019

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