Worried by how some accountants are being use to perpetrate corruption in public and private institutions, President Muhammadu Buhari has told Nigerian accountants to put Nigeria first above other motivations.
President Buhari who spoke at the 47th annual accountants’ conference organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) held in Abuja today also charged the accountants help fight cyber crime. The theme of the conference is Nigeria First: Accountancy, Nation-Building and the Future.
Represented by the Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris, the president said “as accountants, I urge you to put Nigeria first in all your professional endeavours, in a way that negates tendency towards corruption.”
He however commended the ICAN’s support for the anti corruption crusade of the government. “We appreciate your efforts in supporting the anti-corruption campaign of this administration through the establishment of the Whistleblower Support Fund and the Accountants Disciplinary Tribunal.”
While noting that the theme of the country is apt, Mr. Buhari said “in other to put Nigeria first, we must entrench a system that will motivate and encourage our teaming youths to focus on innovation as the key to achieving a long-lasting competitive edge.”
He pledged that his administration will continue to support, encourage and motivate our youths towards self-reliance with emphasis on agriculture and technology.
On cyber risks, Mr. Buhari told the ICAN to review their curriculum to include the impact of cyber risks and security.
He called on ICAN members and indeed every other Nigerian to join the vanguard of nation-building. “The process of nation-building is a collective responsibility, Nigerians need to work together, and all hands must be on deck to put our nation on the oath of sustainable economic growth and development” he said.
Speaking earlier, the ICAN President Isma’ila M. Zakari said ICAN has established the ICAN Accountability Index which is the first of its kind for assessing public finance management and public finance practices of Nigerian public sector institutions in the executive, legislature and the Judiciary.
“The institute is very proud of its role and other stakeholders in the development of the index , which we believe is relevant , innovative and timely contribution to the accountability , Public Finance Management and governance practices in Nigeria,” the President of the Institute, said.
Zakari said ICAN has also established a whistle-blowing support fund, to support members who blow the whistle and they are victimised.