GOVERNOR Muazu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has called on the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) to raise a new generation of accounting professionals in the country to compete well with others worldwide.
The governor stated this on Monday night during the north central presidential dinner organised by the association. He added that inaccurate financial reporting in the country by accounting professionals has led to inability of both government and corporate organisations to know their actual turnover.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Hon. Ahmed Musa Ibeto, told the association that as one of the professional accountancy bodies in Nigeria with over 50,000 members in both the public and private sectors, ANAN must strive hard to meet standard global practices in accurate financial reporting.
While commending the activities of the association, Aliyu maintained that only strict adherence to the ethical value of the accounting profession can guarantee standard financial reporting and auditing.
Meanwhile, the Niger State government-owned Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai is to establish an outreach centre in Suleja, Governor Aliyu disclosed this in Minna on Monday.
Aliyu stated this when he received the leadership of ANAN led by its President, Alhaji Shakirudeen Labode at government house.
Aliyu, who did not give details of the proposed centre, believed that it will bring the institution closer to the community and make educational facility at the tertiary level available to more qualified students in the state.
The centre will make use of the facilities of the old field base recently acquired from the Federal Government by the Niger State Government.
The governor urged ANAN to take advantage of the proposed centre to launch its programmes in the state, saying that most accountants seeking refresher programmes travel far for such.
He told the leadership of ANAN that as a professional body the organisation should be concerned about improving the quality of its members through training and retraining, stressing that the association should also ensure that accountants in the country adhere strictly to rules.
The governor lamented the situation where school certificate holders parade themselves as accountants, insisting that such people should be sanctioned in order to sanitize the profession.
On the withdrawal of accreditation for Accountancy programme of the IBB University by the National Universities Commission, Aliyu directed the Commissioner for Tertiary Education to work closely with ANAN to ensure the re-accreditation of the programme soon.
The governor also set up an executive council committee with the Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Alhaji Bashir Nuhu, Commissioner for Works, Alhaji Muazu Bawa as well as the Commissioner for Land and Housing, Dr. Peter Salle Sarki to look at the assistance government could render to ANAN its plan to establish the outreach centre, suggesting that Suleja town will be most appropriate for the project.