The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has proposed collaboration with the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) on its anti-corruption crusade. This was discussed during a visit by delegates of the Commission to the Association’s Secretariat in Yaba, Lagos.The head of the delegation, Mr. Ganiu Nofiu, said the collaboration is aimed at strengthening relationship with the Association with a view to ensuring transparency and accountability in Professional Associations.Responding, the President of the Association, Alhaji Sakirudeen Tunji Labode, described the Association as a foremost anti-corruption crusader. He said that the body has been conscientiously committed to ethical standards and that it is willing to partner with the commission in combating the menace of corruption in Nigeria.Outlining the Association’s anti-corruption initiatives, he mentioned its campaign on whistle blowing against corruption which is published regularly in the national dailies.Further, he explained the Association’s Disciplinary mechanism as a major mode of ensuring transparency among members.

According to him, “the Association has a well-structured Disciplinary Mechanism for dealing with erring members made up of the Investigating Panel and Disciplinary Tribunal.

The Investigating Panel conducts a preliminary investigation into any case where it is alleged that a person registered with the Association has defaulted in his professional capacity and decide whether the case should be referred to the Disciplinary Tribunal.

He further stated that the Association’s membership with international bodies necessitates it to continually uphold accountability and general ethics of the accounting profession subscribed to by members.

He affirmed the Association’s readiness to apply necessary sanctions against anyone indicted and found guilty of professional misconduct.

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  1. It is my belief that Professional Accountants especially Finance Controllers and Heads of Audit of our various Institutions can collaborate and work hand in hand with many of our anti graft agencies especially Code of Conduct Bureau and ICPC but they must must be ready to synthesize and reach out to our members on how to work together so as to work together in order to curb the level of corruption that has become a cankerworm in our country.

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