The Accounting Technicians Scheme West Africa (ATSWA) under which the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) certifies middle level accounting man power in the West African sub Region has admitted 734 new members thus bringing the number of Accounting Technicians to 34,616.
At the 51st induction of qualified candidates into the Association of Accounting Technicians West Africa (AATWA) in Lagos last week, ICAN President Mazi Nnamdi Okwuadigbo, FCA, implored the inductees, to exploit the numerous opportunities available for them as they embark on the journey to becoming chartered accountants.
“The accounting technicians certificate has a wider acceptance, for employment opportunities, within the West African sub-region as the examinations are commonly held at the same time in designated countries within the region under the umbrella of the association of Accountancy Bodies in West Africa (ABWA)”, he said, pointing out that the inductees “now have a broader market space to exhibit their talents, professional competencies and prove their mettle”.
The President reminded them that they had only attained the first level to becoming accountants and urged them not to relent until they “become chartered accountants and reach the peak in the noble accounting profession”. He told the inductees to update their skills and competences as accounting technicians regularly and adhere strictly to high ethical conduct. “I encourage you all to continue to stay true to the motto of the institute – accuracy and integrity’, Mazi Okwuadigbo advised, explaining that accounting technicians “must imbibe the softer skills of diligence, forthrightness, honesty, high ethical conduct and top-notch professional disposition” in addition to their technical skills and abilities. He implored AATWA members to “continue to follow the path of honour by dutifully observing all the rules contained in the association’s code of ethics, constitution and by-laws”.