ICAN President Mazi Nnamdi Okwuadigbo, FCA, has called on the Ogun State government to support the conduct of the second assessment of the ICAN Accountability Index (ICAN-AI) by directing the state’s ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to provide the project’s assessors and coordinators access to the necessary data in the State. He implored the Ogun State Governor Prince (Dr) Dapo Abiodun to be the lead advocate of the ICAN-AI in his State to enable the project succeed.
Speaking at the Ogun State Government House Abeokuta when he paid a courtesy call on the governor last week, Mazi Okwuadigbo said the ICAN-AI was perfectly in line with one of the objectives of Dr. Abiodun’s administration which is the promotion of a Transparent Public Finance Management.
He noted that the Index was developed as part of the Institute’s strategies to promote best practices in public finance management and that the first report which assessed public financial management in 2017 received the support and commendation of reputable international organizations.
He added that ICAN was not relenting in its resolve to continue to be governments’ partners in accounting and other related issues in the collective task of nation building.
He also noted that the Institute’s primary focus was in the area of capacity building for accountants, both in the public and private sectors of the economy and would therefore be pleased to collaborate with Ogun State in organizing in-house trainings for Accountants in the State Civil Service and other staff in allied functions.
“As we have in other professions, the accounting profession is being disrupted with technologies and formally entrenched business models are being redefined. As a result, adopting a strategic approach to capacity development of professionals in the State’s Civil Service on these emerging technologies would be an integral lever towards achieving the lofty objectives you have set for this administration”, he said.
In his reaction given through the State Chief Economic Adviser, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo FCA, the Governor expressed his administration’s willingness to partner with ICAN on viable economic projects that would bring development to the state and the nation at large.