Let me seize this auspicious opportunity to warmly welcome you all to Year 2021, a great year of new beginnings and divine restoration. On behalf of Council, I congratulate you all for successfully crossing over to the New Year. It is my earnest hope and prayers that the New Year will usher in a new lease of life for you, your families, the Institute, the Accountancy Profession and Nigeria in general.
As you may have observed, every year comes with its peculiarities. The various untoward events and disruptive happenings that characterized the outgone year 2020 affirm its uniqueness. Indeed, many lives and livelihoods were challenged or even lost to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic. The ecosystem of work was severely disrupted giving rise to new ways of doing things. I salute the courage and sacrifices of our compatriots who were and are still on the front line in the fight against COVID-19. I dare say that they are our heroes and heroines. As a collective, we have emerged stronger and better to the glory of God.
Despite this unforeseen health and economic challenge, some entities emerged stronger and better because of their resilience, strategic focus and positive attitude towards the unfolding new normal. Indeed, they took advantage of the emerging developments to reposition themselves for better service delivery and value creation.
I am delighted to report that your Institute, like these forward-looking and well managed corporate entities, readily adapted and triumphed over the challenges such that it made significant progress in terms of membership growth, promotion of accountability, compliance to best practices and defense of its public interest mandate. The publication of the ICAN-AI 2019 report during the period, is a clear testimony of the Institute’s unwavering commitment to its statutory responsibility of promoting accountability in governance.
In the year ahead, the Council, under my leadership, will press forward with all its strategic initiatives designed to further reposition the Institute such that It can continue to produce future-ready chartered accountants for the local and global economy.
As we commence our journey into the New Year, therefore, I charge you all to keep safe and remain vigilant as law abiding citizens, by heeding all the COV1D-19 Protocols and security tips. As we do these, I am persuaded that we would divinely overcome. Once again, I wish you a fruitful and rewarding Year 2021.
Dame Onome Joy Adewuyi, B.Sc; M.Sc; FCIB; FCA
56th President, ICAN
January 1, 2021