Ambode rallies accountants’ support for anti-graft crusade


Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday urged members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) to key into the ongoing anti-corruption war led by President Muhammadu Buhari, Ambode, who spoke at the opening ceremony of the 45th Annual Conference of the ICAN, held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, said the pivotal role played by accountants in the day-to-day running of government demand that they be above board in discharging their duties.

I once heard someone say that ‘only accountants can save the world – through peace, goodwill and reconciliations’.

That tells me that the people who can save Nigeria are in this hall today. “We must kick-start that process now by developing mechanisms that will make it compelling for members of the institute to exhibit a high level of integrity wherever we find ourselves,” the governor said.

As custodians and managers of financial resources, we must be above board and resist the temptation to compromise our professional ethics and personal integrity.

This, I believe, should be our focus as we begin the journey of another fifty years,” he added. Ambode also tasked accountants in the country to commence the process of raising the bar of integrity through a pragmatic rebuilding of the nation’s value system so as to redefine the vision of the profession.

He recalled that since the establishment of ICAN in 1965, the institute has lived up to the expectations and dreams of the founding fathers, which has birthed world class chartered accountants offering quality services at the top echelon of both the public and private sector organisations.

The governor noted that over 38,000 practicing members of the institute had, in no small way, contributed immensely to national economic growth as well as played critical roles in wealth creation.

From a mere 250 members to over 40,000 membership, the institute has, no doubt, made a remarkable achievement that is worth celebrating.

This is in addition to the continuous reforms in response to the evolving changes in the 21st century. “Today’s celebration, however, presents a golden opportunity for the present leadership to bequeath to the coming generation, legacies and landmarks that will be worthy of celebration in the next 50 years.

That legacy, in my mind, can be found in our motto: Accuracy and Integrity.” Ambode added that his administration, like ICAN, remains committed to running a government built on transparency and integrity, saying it is the only way Lagos State can meet the challenges of competing globally.

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