President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, decried a poor culture of accountability in the country, thereby calling for a ‘clean up’.
Buhari made this known when he received a delegation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria led by the President, Comfort Eyitayo, at the State House in Abuja.
This was contained in a statement titled ‘Professionals are the livewire of economies, we will continue to engage them, says President Buhari to ICAN,’ signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
He noted that professionals in various fields, especially accounting, provide the strength and framework for thriving economies. He promised that his administration will continue to engage experts to gain measurable and reliable results.
The President said, “Having served as a military Head of State, and returned to politics to serve as a President, after losing three elections, I have seen the system of accountability in the country, and the mess to be cleaned up.”
“He noted the contributions of the institute in ensuring probity, accountability and transparency, urging more diligence and professionalism.
“Describing ICAN as a ‘social stabilizer’ of the economy, Buhari said he would go through reports and recommendations of the institute on inclusivity and strengthening the nation’s accounting system for growth,” the statement said.
The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, in her remarks, congratulated the President of ICAN and the new management.
She said, “As a female President in a male-dominated environment, you are an example to our young girls of what can be achieved through diligence and excellence.
“ICAN over many years played a key role in the domestication of some international policies in the country.” She therefore urged more interest in Finance Act implementation.
The President of ICAN, Mrs. Comfort Olu Eyitayo also appreciated President Buhari and his regime for “adhering to best accounting principles and practices to secure and revive the economy, particularly reverting to the January to December budget calendar.”
Eyitayo said, “The institute had established seven faculties to train accountants in specialized fields, which include forensic accounting.
“Forensic Accounting, working with security outfits, could be used to reduce the security challenges facing the country by tracking all monies used in committing crimes, and payments.”
She pledged to keep supporting the nation-building efforts of President Buhari and his government, especially in sensitization on monetary policies and taxation.