By William Jimoh
The newly elected President of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria, ICSAN, (Lagos State Chapter), Mr. Francis Meshionye, has declared his readiness to promote corporate governance in the country by entrenching professionalism among its members.
According to Meshioye, who was elected at the 2013 Annual General Meeting, AGM, of the institute in Lagos, “There is going to be a lot of innovations towards ensuring professionalism among members.”
Speaking on his plans for the institute, he said, “First, we want to be sure that all the students are trained so that they can know what corporate governance is all about and those who are already qualified are reminded by continuous training so that they can be updated on the issues of corporate governance and to be sure that they follow all the principles and ethics of the profession, so that we may have a more vibrant and effective corporate governance in Nigeria.
“We will ensure that we carry the national body along in whatever programme we want to do, because, we believe that since we share similar aims and objectives, we should be able to share ideas. And since that is the case, we cannot foresee any problem and all we are going to do is to tell them our visions and ask for their guidance.
“The next thing will be recognition. Everybody wants the body to be more recognised. And what I think we need to do is to work on our principles and ensure that our members know all they need to know and do. I believe that if a man is right, his words will be right, and once we attain this, new and existing members will be attracted to the programmes of the chapter.”
On generation of funds for the institute Meshioye said, “There is no door in Nigeria that cannot be unlocked if you knock with the right reasons and at the right time.”