BY TAYE OBATERU & GRATEFUL DAKAT
Jos—President of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, ANAN, Hajia Mariam Ibrahim, has expressed worry over the increasing level of corruption despite the rising number of professional accountants in the country.
She expressed this concern at the orientation organised for the 2011/2012 batch of the Nigerian College of Accountancy, the training arm of the association in Jos, lamenting that corruption was worsening even as the two professional accounting bodies, ANAN and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) were certifying more professionals.
Ibrahim, who is also the Chairman of the college’s Governing Council, enjoined young professional accountants to be concerned about the situation and think of the negative effect on present and future generations.
”I have children and some of you have families and some are planning to have families, but what can we say we are leaving for the younger generations? I am happy today that the president of the country is ready to take the bull by the horns and pray that God will give him the political will to carry on.
”Nigerians as followers must be ready to have the change. Our ethical value has to change for the better for, gone are the days when the next door neighbour would ask where you got the money to live ostentatiously”, she noted.
The ANAN president said the college was constantly reviewing course content in line with global trends adding that students would henceforth be exposed to more practical training in the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for accounting and auditing.
She said Nigeria was in need of people of integrity to whom to bestow the future of this country reaffirming the commitment of ANAN to producing accountants with skills and integrity that would be pride to society.
”Globally there are standards now. The world is worried about the level of corruption and has tried as much as possible to introduce different standards that can curb the level of corruption. But to me what matters is the value we attach to life”, she said.