The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) has acknowledged the improvement of Kogi State on its ICAN’s Novel Accountability Index (ICAN AI) revealing that the state moved from 12th to 7th position in its 2019 assessments.
The institute made this known yesterday through the 56th president of the accounting body in Nigeria, Mrs Comfort Olujumoke Eyitayo, during a courtesy visit to the state governor. She added that such improvement was worthy of note and signaled a better ranking in the future.
She noted that ICAN AI was a tool for assessing the three tiers of government on their level of adherence to best practices in public finance management and appealed to relevant ministries, departments and agencies to continue to provide relevant documents for the forthcoming assessments.
The president said that the launch of Kogi State Open Governance and Accountability System (KOGAS) would impact positively on the state’s ranking on ICAN’s AI.
She applauded Governor Bello’s inclusive leadership which she noted cuts across, education, infrastructure, rural development, social welfare, health, transport, agriculture, women affairs and youth empowerment among others.
Mrs Eyitayo asserted that these and many more endeavours attest to the governor’s determination to run a government that would extend the dividends of democracy to all segments of Kogi State.
She expressed resolve to make ICAN great again through visible impact not only in accounting but in the nation’s economy at large.
Mrs Eyitayo urged the governor to lend his voice against the ill informed decision by the National Council on Establishment that professional certificate would no longer be accepted as entry qualification into any cadre in Nigeria’s civil/public service.
She said, “The country should rather encourage professionalism from entry level and strive to create a public service that will compete favourably with its peers across continents and serve as the bedrock for achieving the desired inclusive and sustainable growth in the economy,” she said.
Eyitayo stressed that against the false narrative of the institute being pro-southern region, ICAN through several initiatives was committed to ensuring that the Northern states produced as many chartered accountants as possible for the region and the country as a whole. She advised that Kogi State should create an ICAN special students centre and solicited for the construction of the institute’s secretariat by the state government.
In his response, Governor Bello thanked ICAN for finding him worthy of the award and also expressed joy about the rating of the state’s accountability index. He said the award would only spur him to do more noting that whatever his administration has achieved in the state today was not a miracle as it was a deliberate plan to give the best to the people of the state.