The Institute of Chartered Accoun- tants of Nigeria (ICAN) has inaugurated the Lafia District Society of ICAN in Lafia, Nassarawa State.
This increases the number of district societies of theÂ accountancy professional Institute to forty-five, including the ones in the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
Performing the inaugura-tion ceremony at Taâ€™al Hotel in Lafia, Nasarawa State, last Friday, ICAN President, Mrs. Elizabeth Omeresan Adegite, disclosed that district societies of the Institute were formed to serve as liaison offices to bridge the possible information gap between the Instituteâ€™s Secretariat and its members widely spread across the country and overseas.
She explained further that the newly inaugurated district society would afford members in Lafia and Nasarawa State as a whole to interact, exchange ideas and discuss issues of professional and national relevance and interests.
According to her, district societies have gone so far in helping to propagate and promote accountancy profession so much, adding that this has gingered the Instituteâ€™s Secretariat to, in appreciation, continually support each district society with financial support and book donations to either enable them establish or enrich their existing libraries.
She, therefore, called on the members of the new district society to continue to abide by the code of best practices and the rules of professional conduct of the accounting profession.
â€œI urge you not to mortgage your conscience or compromise your professional ideals of accountability, integrity and honesty for pecuniary or non-pecuniary gains, no matter the circumstances.
â€œI urge you to continue to discharge your various professional engagements with integrity, accuracy and strong ethical ideals bearing in mind that if these virtues are compromised for any reason by any member, the entire accountancy profession would not only be brought into disrepute but public trust in the profession will be betrayed,â€ she advised.
In his address, Chairman of the district, Alhaji Abdullahi Agabi, ACA, who is also the Nasarawa State Auditor-General for Local Government, explained that the idea of gathering all ICAN members residing in Nasarawa State was conceived in June 2009.
He said the aim as at the time was to create a forum where the ICAN membersÂ could come together to socialize and find means of assisting their immediate community.
He disclosed that what had now transformed into a district society was first called Association of Chartered Accountants Resident in Nasarawa State.
He acknowledged the efforts of Jos and District Society that sponsored the new district and guided it them through to inauguration.
Agabi promised that all members of the district would abide strictly with the tenets, ethics and professional rules of the Institute and strive at all times to promote its ideals by complying with the principles of integrity and accountability.
He also assured the ICAN President that the establishment of the Lafia and District Society would be beneficial to the state and Nigeria through selfless services that chartered accountants in the region would deliver to the populace.