ANAN recounts achievements at 40, inducts 526 fellows

The Association of National Accountants of Nigeria says it has in the last four decades invested in capacity building to advance the accounting profession in the country. The First Vice President of the association, Prof Benjamim Osisioma,   stated this while delivering an anniversary lecture titled, “ANAN at 40: Advancing the Science of Accountancy in Nigeria,’’ at the association’s 24th annual conference in Abuja. Osisioma explained that in advancing the science of accountancy, ANAN had built and equipped accounting research centres in seven universities, accounting  laboratories in 15 universities and polytechnics and provided books and computers to more than 25 tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The don, in a statement, said that ANAN’s capacity building drive made it the first to introduce the mandatory continuing professional development programme in line with its objectives to promote the highest standard of competence, practice and conduct among accountants and promote the growth of the profession in public and private sectors. Osisioma explained, “On November 6, 1978 three gentlemen, Olalere Kolawole, Iyiola Odefisayo and Samuel Sosanya, were on a mission to discuss and find solutions to the parochial and deliberate restrictive policies which were inimical to the advancement of the accountancy profession in Nigeria.’’ According to him, with 37,369 members and 2,543 fellows, ANAN is rated the second-ranking professional accounting organisation in Africa by the Pan African Federation. Osisioma noted, “Overwhelming majority of accounting professors in Nigerian universities, directors of finance in the public sector, accountants-general and auditors-general are all ANAN members. “Today, no less than five African countries have benefited from the ANAN training model. Besides, ANAN is mentoring a number of African countries to upgrade their teaching and practice. Countries that have so benefited include Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Cameroun and Zimbabwe. The collegiate training model remains ANAN’s gift to the global profession. A former president of the association, Hajia Maryam Ladi-Ibrahim, congratulated the President of the association, Muhammad Mainoma, for the great achievements recorded by the professional body.


Source: Punch