Tuesday, July 11, 2018 5.00PM / Proshare WebTV
Accounting Technicians have been charged to imbibe “Accountability and Integrity”, to make impact in their journey towards the esteemed Accounting profession.
This was the major point that resonated at the opening session of the 48th induction ceremony of the Association of Accounting Technicians in West Africa at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN centre in Lagos.
The Special Guest of Honour and Former President of ICAN Mr Ismai’la Muhammadu Zakari mni, FCA, tasked the accounting technicians who cut across institutions of higher learning and several professions, to entrench the values of integrity in their discipline, to serve in the accounting operations.
Giving the opening remarks the Registrar/Chief Executive of ICAN Mr. John .I. Evbodaghe said the key expectation from the new inductees is professionalism and competency in the discharge of their duties.
The registrar congratulated them for their final admission and success in the AATWA qualifying exam
He highlighted the following as functions of accounting technicians namely;
- supporting chartered accountants, who will in turn grow and nurture them
- collection of data for relevant economic entities
- clarifying data in a logical manner
- interpreting data
- providing forecast in the operations of entities
Mr Evbodaghe asserted that accounting technicians play a key role in driving good corporate governance practice that is vital for the sustainability of organizations.
In her keynote on “Ethical & Professional Conduct in Accountancy:The Role of Accounting Technicians” Mrs Ibitomi Adepoju, Partner, Internal Audit Control, KPMG Nigeria charged the inductees to adhere to the guidelines and principles of Integrity, Objectivity, Due Care, Professional behaviour and Professional & Technical Competence.
Engaging them further in an interactive session she warned them to be wary of the red flags in the profession which include; unusual gifts from colleagues & third parties, subtle request or undue pressure to ignore certain mistakes, frequent occurrence of missing documents, employees living beyond their means, technical incompetence and unexplained or unusual favoritism of a particular contract or vendor.
There was also a session were the inductees were challenged to “Dare to Make a Difference” in a keynote that featured the exploits of notable chartered accountants that have made impact in the country.
Tomorrow Wednesday July 11, 2018 the President of the Institute of Chartered Association of Nigeria Alhaji Razak Jaiyeola, FCA will perform the formal induction of 515 accounting technicians in the AATWA, in an event that will have Mr Olufemi Awoyemi, FCA and CEO of Proshare as keynote speaker.