Alhajat Taibat Morunrayo Alim has been inaugurated as the first female Chairman of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) in Ogun State.
At her inauguration on Thursday in Abeokuta, the occasion attracted leaders of the associations, stakeholders and family of the jinx breaker.
Alim welcomed the “rare opportunity” to have been inaugurated as the first female chairman of the ANAN.
And Alim vowed to lead by example, as she would not set a bad precedence that deny womenfolks of such opportunity in the future.
“As the first female chairman, I will not by actions or inactions shut the door against any female who would want to aspire for a position in ANAN n future,” she said in her inaugural address.
She also promised membership drive, training and retraining as well increased funding generation for the body.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in Oyo State, Dr Mutiu Agboke, who delivered as key note address, warned accountants against corruption in the discharge of their professional duties.
The REC who was speaking with journalists after delivering his paper, noted that accountants play key roles in the nation’s development and therefore they refrain from corrupt practices at all times.
Agboke said “As an accountant, you must ensure you keep to the principles of confidentiality, as an accountant you must make sure you don’t comprise your professional ethics and as an accountant, you don’t engage in fraud.
“The way they should play their roles is that they should not aid and abet corruption. Nobody, whether private and public organisation, will be able to go scot free with corruption if an accountant does not have a hand in it.
“So, the professionals are supposed to be the gate keepers of the trust and their conscience. It’s a message to them that if there is any window for them to be corrupt, they should avoid it and if there is any window for them to change fraudulently, they should avoid it.”
The State Chairman, Association of Senior Civil Servant of Nigeria and member of ANAN, Comrade Olude Isa Owolabi expressed concern that Nigeria has not taken care of accountants “as it affects our national life.”
He urged leaders at all levels to imbibe fundamental principles of accounting – involves the principles of confidentiality, objectivity, skills, competence and credibility – in order to improve governance in the country.
Olude said “Except a nation concentrates on these fundamental principles of accounting, such a nation cannot develop economically. Nigeria got its independence decades ago and today we still say the same story, we continue to clamour for the same issue and we continue to probably bring out the same problem.
“Accountants should be able to proffer solutions to the problems facing the country.”
The labour leader also advocated that the dichotomy between accountants in different professional bodies should be eradicated, just as he urged the Federal Government to urgently address the insecurity challenges in order to attract foreign investments.