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Kogi’s improved accountability ranking index excites ICAN



Kogi’s improved accountability ranking index excites ICAN

By Lizzy Okoji

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) applauded Kogi on its ICAN Innovative Responsibility Index (ICAN-AI), revealing that the state fell from 12th to 7th in its 2019 assessments.

Ms. Comfort Eyitayo, President of ICAN, revealed the classification of Kogi’s body during a visit to Governor Yahaya Bello on Thursday in Abuja.

Bello Chief Press Officer (CPS) Mr. Onogwu Muhammed said this in a statement on Thursday, adding that ICAN also presented an award of excellence to Bello as a pillar of transparency and accountability. .

According to Muhammed, the president of ICAN said that such an improvement on the part of the state was noteworthy and signaled better rankings in the future.

Eyitayo said the ICAN-AI is a tool to assess the three levels of government on their level of adherence to best practices in public financial management.

However, she asked the relevant ministries, agencies and departments to continue to provide the relevant documents for the next assessment.

“The launch of the Kogi State Open Governance and Accountability System (KOGAS) would have a positive impact on the state’s ranking of ICAN’s-AI.

“This feat has been recognized as an objective tool by stakeholders inside and outside the country.

“We commend Bello for her inclusive leadership, which she says touches on education, infrastructure, rural development, social protection, health, transport, agriculture, women and youth empowerment, among other sectors.

“These efforts and many others are a testament to the governor’s determination to lead a government that would extend the dividends of democracy to all segments of Kogi State,” the statement said in part.

Eyitayo expressed his leadership’s determination to make ICAN even greater through visible impact not only in accounting but in the economy of the country as a whole.

She added that he was poised to deepen that impact, especially in the aspect of promoting transparent and accountable leadership in all spheres of government.

However, Eyitayo urged the governor to lend his name to the ill-informed decision by the National Settlement Council that the vocational certificate would no longer be accepted as an entry qualification into any Nigerian civil service setting.

“Rather, the country should encourage professionalism from the entry level and strive to create a civil service that will compete favorably with its peers across continents.

“And serve as a foundation for achieving the inclusive and sustainable growth desired in the economy,” she added.

Eyitayo noted that against the false narrative that the institute is pro-southern region, ICAN, through several initiatives, is committed to ensuring that northern states provide as many chartered accountants as possible for the region. and the country.

She advised that just like other states in the northern region, Kogi should establish an ICAN special student center, while also seeking the building of the institute’s secretariat by the state government.

In response, Bello thanked ICAN for finding him worthy of the award, expressing his joy at the state responsibility index score.

The governor said the award would spur him to do more, adding that achieving his administration in the state today was not a miracle but a deliberate plan to give the best to the people of the state.

Bello, however, said his view was different from that of the Institution’s National Council that professional certificates would no longer be accepted as an entry qualification into any Nigerian civil / civil service setting.

He explained that around the world, the engagement of professionals in the day-to-day management of business in the private and public sectors cannot be overstated.

The governor instructed ICAN to remain committed to deepening accountability and transparency in the public and private sectors.

Source: NAN

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