ICAN Inaugurates New OAuGF Chapter
The Office of the Auditor-General for the Federation (OAuGF) Chapter of the Institute for Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) has been inaugurated as part of efforts to enhance the work of the Office and close the communication gap between the Institute and practicing professionals.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Auditor-General for the Federation, Mr Anthony Mkpe Ayine, charged professional accountants to maintain the ideals of the institute which are hinged on accuracy and integrity at all times, while carrying out assignments.
“As a Chapter, we are like foot soldiers to facilitate to fruition, the programmes of ICAN, as well as carry out public enlightenment within our domain. Always remember our motto – Accuracy and Integrity. We must allow these to reflect in whatever we are doing,” he said.
Mr Ayine also appreciated the 53rd President of the Institute, Mallam Ismaila Mohammadu Zakari, for keeping true to his promise to make the day a reality, and assured him that the OAuGF Chapter will remain committed to upholding the principles and standards of ICAN.
In his address, the ICAN President who was represented by Mallam Tijjani Musa Isa, said the creation of the OAuGF Chapter of the Institute, will improve access to information about ICAN and the Accounting Profession more than ever.
“The central objective for the Institute’s creation of Chapters is to meet the needs of professional accountants…and to bring the activities of ICAN closer to all Professional accountants, without being disadvantaged for any reason whatsoever,” he said.
Mallam Isa also added that the creation of the Chapter comes with great responsibility for the Office, particularly in the areas of compliance to the Code of Ethics of the profession and the Rules of Professional Conduct for members and urged fellows not to mortgage their conscience or compromise the principles of the profession for temporary gains.
He also commended the Auditor-General and his team for the giant strides recorded in the promotion of accountability and transparency in the management of public funds and proceeded to administer the oath of allegiance on the Acting Chairman for the Chapter, Elder Adewale Owolo.
Elder Olowo subsequently administered the oath on five other members of his executive, charging them to give their best towards the growth and advancement of the Institute.
He also thanked the Auditor-General for his personal commitments and relentless efforts in actualizing the dream of a Chapter for the Office and pledged to make it an enviable point to be reckoned with among others.
The inauguration of the OAuGF Chapter today brings the total number of ICAN Chapters nationwide to five. The Institute also boasts of having 55 District Societies spread across the country and in the diaspora, including countries like Cameroon, Canada, Malaysia, the United Kingdom (UK) and United States of America (USA).
The Institute’s Chapters serve as liaison offices to bridge the possible information gap between its secretariat and members. It also provides a platform for members to interact, exchange ideas and discuss issues of professional, national and international interests.