The Akwa Ibom head of civil service, Elder Effiong Essien, has assured the state chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) of partnership in the training of workers. He also commended the institute for their efforts at getting more people trained and certified as professional accountants through the state study centre.
The head of civil service stated this when he received the executive members of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria in his office in Uyo, recently.
Essien mentioned that ICAN is a respectable professional body with commendable legacies. He commended the institute for their recorded achievements including their role in regulating accounting practice in the state and the country. Elder Essien used the forum to thank the state governor, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, for his invaluable contributions to the success story of ICAN in the state and the nation.
On the institute’s request for support towards their projects and programmes including the Entrepreneurial Development Centre (Udom Emmanuel ICAN House), training programme for civil servants, hosting of the southern zonal conference in Akwa Ibom State, the head of civil service assured of his support.
Earlier in her address the chairman, Institute of Charted Institute of Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Akwa Ibom State, Deaconess Eno Ime Akpan, explained that the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) is Nigeria’s foremost professional accountancy body established by Act of Parliament No. 15 of 1965 to determine “what standards of knowledge, which skills are to be attained by persons seeking to become members of the accountancy profession and to raise those standards from time to time.”
She said that in line with this mandate, therefore, the institute has over the years certified over 55,000 chartered accountants who are engaged in value creation in various sectors of the economy. She added that apart from being in professional practice, ICAN members are engaged in the three tiers of public service as well as the private sector.
Akpan said that the quality of leadership offered by ICAN members, including the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, a chartered accountant; and other leaders in financial-related ministries, departments and agencies and in the corporate world also attest to the institute’s quality of training and capacity of members.
She maintained that as part of human capacity building in the civil service, Mr. Udom Emmanuel graciously accepted in 2017 to support the establishment and funding of the ICAN Study Centre in Uyo; which started in 2018. She added that within three years of her existence, the institute has produced over 130 chartered accountants in Akwa Ibom State of which more than 50 per cent are currently working with the State Civil Service.
The District Society chairman, therefore, solicited support and collaboration for their project and programmes by the head of civil service for the mutual benefits of his office and ICAN.
She invited the head of civil service, Elder Effiong Essien, to the fifth edition of Southern Zonal Accountants’ Conference scheduled to hold in Uyo in August 2022, with over 1000 participants expected. She informed that the official opening shall be performed by the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel.
High point of the visit was the presentation of ICAN’s souvenir to the head of civil service by the chairman.
In attendance was the permanent secretary, Office of the Head of Civil Service, Mrs. Ekaete Ekanem.