The 53rd President of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria, Mallam Isma’ila Zakari, has called on the 1,519 newly inducted members of the institute to be open to learning by enrolling for the Mandatory Continuing Professional Education programme of ICAN.
Zakari made the call at the 60th induction ceremony held at ICAN Centre, Amuwo Odofin, Lagos recently.
He said, “The skills acquired today risk losing their relevance far more quickly than in the past. For you to continue to be relevant in the scheme of things as professionals, it is imperative in my opinion that you actively participate in the institute’s Mandatory Continuing Professional Education.
“ICAN is aware that as a chartered accountant, you would be engaged in various sectors of the economy and to keep professional accountants and members of ICAN abreast of current development in the business environment, the institute created specialist faculties to provide the technical support for members in the discharge of their duties.”
While urging them to act professionally in line with the professional code of ethics, Zakari said, “I understand that the institute code and guide has been handed to you all. The code plays a unique role in supporting the accountancy profession in acting in the interest of the public as it addresses the breaches of law such as fraud, corruption, bribery, money laundering, tax evasion, financial product services, environmental protection and public health and safety.
“The institute will not condone any professional misdemeanor on the part of any chartered accountant irrespective of how highly placed or lowly placed in the profession or society.”
The guest speaker at the event, Dr. Catherine Okpareke, who was the 42nd President of ICAN, challenged the newly inducted members on the theme ‘Developing an indigenous African economy strategy- Nigeria as a case study.”
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