PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday charged members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) to support his government in fighting corruption, fixing the broken economy and restoring security.
At the opening of the 48th annual accountants’ conference of Institute in Abuja on Tuesday, Buhari said there must be renewed efforts by all leaders of the three-tiers of government to consolidate on past achievements in order to bestow on succeeding generations the country that delivers a good quality life to all our citizens.
“Let me first say that with regard to fighting corruption you have a special contribution to make as accountants in this regard.
“Your members serving as accountants and auditors can bring to bear your special skills in ensuring that books and records are properly kept.
“Working closely with the statutory agencies responsible for fighting corruption, ICAN will no doubt assist the government in its effort at fighting this national malaise.
“With regard to the economy, we came in at a very challenging time.
“We developed the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (the ERGP) which is our blueprint for fixing the economy.
“We are currently putting in place the right infrastructure so as to diversify the economic base away from oil dependence,” which “articulates what we have to do to create a better future for our people.”
“But of course, we recognise that there will always be some people left behind.
“That is why as a government we have introduced the Social Investment Programme under which we are bringing jobs and relief to many of our unemployed youth, the poor, the excluded and the vulnerable in our society.
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