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ANAN, ICAN Rivalry Unhealthy -ANAN President  print

Published on July 27, 2010 by   ·   5 Comments

Chief Iyamide Francess Gafar, National President of the National Association of Accountants of Nigeria, ANAN, has decried the rivalry between the body and its sister organization—the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, saying it is degrading professionalism.

Chief Gafar who spoke to P.M.NEWS in Kano at the opening ceremony of ANAN’s Professional Development Programme/Orientation and Induction of new members held at Sani Abacha Stadium Indoor Sports Hall, this afternoon, said though ICAN was chartered in 1963, “I don’t share the view that they are better than us (ANAN).

“They have been existing for quite a long time, they have been there; but we both operate in the same environment and should move along on mutual and symbiotic relationship. I think what we should be doing is to complement each other; but they believe they are better. It is not like that. In other parts of the world where we have organizations like these, they are all working together for the betterment of the society and the professional members,” she noted.

According to her, ANAN, in its bid to guild professionalism in accountancy inducts into association, “only those who have a degree or HND in Accountancy. We don’t take anybody else; and I think this is what should be obtainable. It is wrong and unprofessional to open the door for people from other professions.”

She further regretted that, over the years, avenue for a meeting point has not been created between ANAN and ICAN, adding that there was need for the two bodies to maintain a working relationship that could trigger good standards and professionalism in the accountancy profession.

Over 3000 working accountants from the North West and North East came to Kano for the three-day ANAN induction and orientation programme.

Established in 1979, ANAN was chartered in 1994 with membership strength of about 14,000 and colleges in Jos Plateau state where members undergo routine training and re-training.

Kano state Deputy-Governor, Engr. Abdullahi Tijani Gwarzo, who represented Governor Ibrahim Shekarau at the opening ceremony of the event, urged accountants to use their position to encourage transparency and accountability both in the polity and the business sector.

By Maduabuchi Nmeribeh/Kano

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  1. elijah

    GOOD TALK MADAM PRESIDENT. ANAN IS THE BODY THAT SEES ITSELF AS A RIVAL TO ICAN. THE REASON IS NOT FAR FETCHED. MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT FORMED ANAN DID NOT PASS THE ICAN EXAMINATION. SOME OF THE FOUNDATION MEMBERS ALSO CAME FROM AIA WHICH WAS NOT RECOGNISED IN UK UNTIL EARLY 1990S. IF A BODY WAS NOT RECOGNISED IN HER HOME COUNTRY ,WHY DO YOU LAY CLAIM TO PROFESSIONALISM IN ANOTHER COUNTRY?. TO MAKE THE MATTER WORSE, MADAM PRESIDENT SHOULD TELL US IF SHE PASSED THE ICAN PE 1 EXAMINATION SHE TOOK IN NOVEMBER 1988. ICAN MODUS OPERANDI IS TO ADMIT PEOPLE WHO GO THROUGH THE PRESCRIBED TRAINING AND PASS THE EXAMINATION. OVER THE YEARS, WE HAVE SEEN ANAN AWARD MEMBERSHIP TO PEOPLE. CAN THEY PUBLICLY TELL US WHICH EXAMINATION FORMER PRESIDENT BABANGIDA AND IMMEDIATE PAST HEAD OF LAGOS STATE CIVIL SERVICE, ALHAJI YAKUB BALOGUN, SAT. YET THESE AND NUMEROUS OTHERS ARE USING THE TITLE FCNA. ACCOUNTING SURPASSES MERE GOING TO JOS, CRAMING TEXTBOOKS AND COMING OUT TO POSE AS A PROFESSIONAL. ACCOUNTANCY IS A PROFESSION, A SCIENCE, AN ART, ETC, ANCHORED ON INTEGRITY AND PROFESSIONALISM. MR PRESIDENT RECENTLY SAID THAT WHEN HE WAS THE GOVERNOR OF BAYELSA STATE, THE ACCOUNTING SYSTEM WAS IN SHAMBLES AND HE GOT A CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT WHO STRAIGHTENED THINGS OUT. WHEN THE ROT IN THE BANKING SYSTEM WAS EXPOSED THROUGH THE ACTION EMBARKED UPON BY THE CURRENT CBN GOVERNOR, MADAM ANAN PRESIDENT, IN MAKING AN ALLUSION TO ICAN MEMBERS, WANTED THE GOVERNMENT TO SANCTION ACCOUNTING FIRMS FOUND CULPABLE. HER STATEMENT THEN EXPOSED HER IGNORANCE OF THE SCIENCE OF AUDIT AND THAT THE RESPONSIBLITY OF PREPARING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS REST WITH THE DIRECTORS. SHE ALSO FAILED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WE CALL ‘ORGANISED FRAUD’ IN MOST BIG COMPANIES. WHEN A FRAUD IS WELL ORGANISED, THAT FRAUD WOULD HAVE BEEN COMMITTED LONG AGO BEFORE THE EXTERNAL AUDIT. MADAM ANAN PRESIDENT SHOULD TALK LESS AND FACE HER ANA N PRESIDENCY

    • JOSEPH O. SAMUEL

      @ ELIJAH THANK YOU FOR THIS COMMENT . OUR PROFESSION HAS GONE BEYOND THE NORMAL CLASS OR ROUTINE TRANNING IN A SCHOOL LIKE SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENT IN JOS FOR SOME MONTHS AND COLLECT CERTIFICATES. WE SHOULD ENCOURAGE PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATION LIKE ICAN , ACCA, CIS etc . COS ALL OTHER PROFESSION HAS NO SCHOOL BUT WRITES PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATION TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL . MY ADVISE TO ALL ICAN MEMBER IS THAT PLEASE LET US CONTINUE TO DOMINATE ALL SECTOR MOST ESPECIALLY PUBLIC SERVICES AND WE SHALL SEE HOW ANAN WILL SURVIVE.

  2. biodun

    THE PROBLEM IS ALSO WITH ICAN. ICAN WANT TO ENJOY MONOPOLY IN THE MARKET AND THIS IS UNHEALTHY. THE SAME PROBLEM THEY ARE HAVING WITH CITN. THEY SHOULD REALIZE THAT IT IS NOT IDEAL FOR THE WHOLE NIGERIA TO HAVE ONE ACCOUNTING BODY. THE MORE THE COMPETITION, THE MORE THE QUALITY, AND INSTEAD OF ICAN LOOKING DOWN ON THE PRODUCT OF ANAN, THEY SHOULD HELP IN BUILDING THE BODY. I CAN TELL YOU AUTHORITATIVELY THAT THERE IS GROWING EXAMINATION MALPRACTICE IN ICAN NOW. IF THE SAY NO, THEY SHOULD GO TO THE VARIOUS LECTURE CENTER A DAY BEFORE ANY EXAMINATION.

  3. chukwurah chukwuemelie

    DEAR ELIJAH, YOU MADE A LOT OF ASSERTIONS AND ONE WONDERS HOW MANY OF THEM ARE CORRECT. I HOWEVEVER KNOW THAT BABAGINDA IS NOT A MEMBER OF ANAN. HIS NAME IS NOT IN ANAN REGISTER OF MEMBERS. HE IS NOT AN ACCOUNTANT AND HAS NEVER CLAIMED TO BE ONE. BABANGIDA , LIKE A FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERRED ACCOUNTANTS OF SCOTLAND, IS AN FNCA (FELLOW OF THE NIGERIAN COLLEGE OF ACCOUNTANCY). HE IS NOT AN FCNA (FELLOW, CERTIFIED NATIONAL ACCOUNTANTS). PLEASE NOTE THE DIFFERENCE. DURING ITS CONVOCATIONS, THE NCA (NIGERIAN COLLEGE OF ACCOUNTANCY), THE TRAINING ARM OF ANAN, AWARDS FELLOWSHIPS TO DESERVING INDIVIDUALS, WHETHER THEY ARE ANAN MEMBERS OR NOT. POLYTECHNICS DO THE SAME. ANAN HOWEVER AWARDS FELLOWSHIPS(FCNA, NOT FNCA) TO DESERVING MEMBERS OF THE PROFESSION. ELIJAH SHOULD CROSSCHECK HIS RECORDS AND PURGE HIMSELF OF IGNORANCE. MAY I ALSO INFORM HIM THAT ICAN MEMBERS ARE NOT REALLY CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS. THAT MAY NOT SOUND GOOD BUT IT’S THE GOSPEL TRUTH. THAT’S WHY THEY ARE NOT RECOGNIZED AS SUCH BY ICAEW AND ITS AFFILIATE BODIES LIKE ICAS, ICAI, ICAA, CICA, NZICA, SAICA, AND ICAZ. THEY ARE EIGHT IN NUMBER. ONLY TWO OF THEM- SAICA(SOUTH AFRICA) AND ICAZ(ZIMBABWE) -ARE IN AFRICA. ICAN AND ITS MEMBERS ARE CAPITALIZING ON THE GENERAL LEVEL OF IGNORANCE IN THE SYSTEM TO DECEIVE THENSELVES AND OTHERS. MAY I REMIND ELIJAH THAT THE TASTE OF THE PUDDING IS ITS EATING. ICAN WAS FORMED BY ACCA MEMBERS AND FOR MANY YEARS UNTIL THE FORMATION OF ANAN IT WAS PRACTICALLY A BRANCH AND A CLEARING HOUSE OF THE ACCA IN NIGERIA. BUT FOR ANAN, PEOPLE LIKE ELIJAH WOULDN’T HAVE JOINEN ICAN. ACCA GOT ITS CHARTER IN 1974 YET ITS NIGERIAN MEMBERS BECAME “CHARTERED” IN NIGERIA, EIGHT YEARS BEFORE THE PARENT BODY GOT ITS ROYAL CHARTER IN THE UK. A CASE OF THE KETTLE CALLING THE POT BLACK. THESE ARE FACTS YOU CAN VERIFY WITH LITTLE EFFORT AND DILIGENCE. THE FOUNDERS OF ACCA DID NOT BELONG TO ANY OF RECOGIZED PROFESSIONAL BODIES EXISTING AT THAT TIME AND THE ICAEW FOUGHT AGAINST THEM FERROCIOUSLY ON THE GROUND THAT THEY WERE NOT PROFESSIONALS AND THAT’S WHY IT TOOK THE ACCA 70 YEARS TO OBTAIN ITS CHARTER. BUT TODAY WE CAN SEE THA THE ACCA IS ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED AND PROGRESSIVE PROFESSIONAL BODIES IN THE WORLD. YOU SEE, HISTORY IS ON THE SIDE OF ANAN OR DO WE SAY THAT ANAN IS ON THE SIDE OF HISTORY? ICAN INSULT AND ATTACKS CAN ONLY MAKE US BETTER AND STRONGER. TIME WILL TELL. FINALLY MAY I CAUTION THAT THOSE WHO WANT TO COMMENT ON AN ISSUE SHOULD BE KNOWLEDGEABLEENOUGH.

  4. Fighting we regret us let come together and move our great country foward, whether ican or anan we are one.

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