Dr. Oyedepo Tasks ICAN on Nigeria’s Economic Rebirth, as Covenant Hosts Institute’s Zonal Conference
The Chancellor of Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo, has called on the leadership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) to lead the charge towards the economic and social restructuring of the nation’s business environment.
Dr. Oyedepo made the call on Monday, February 12, 2018, when the 53rd President of ICAN, Alhaji Isma’ila M. Zakari, led Executive members and other Council members of the institute paid him a courtesy call, ahead of the 12th Western Zonal Districts’ Conference of ICAN holding at Covenant University.
The Chancellor decried a situation whereby political office holders in the society only care about building up a war chest ahead of the next round of elections while neglecting the welfare of the people. According to him, “It is sad to see many state governments owing workers several months of salary while stashing away money for elections.”
Dr. Oyedepo said ICAN should leverage on the reputation and honesty of its over 42,000 members to help shape and drive integrity in governance, as that was a virtue that's lacking in Nigeria. “Skills without character will amount to nothing,” he added.
He said experts in relevant fields should rise above the realm of expert critics to constructive critics while proffering adequate solutions to national issues through collaborative research engagement with other institutions desirous to see an improved Nigeria.
While commending the Alhaji Zakari-led leadership of ICAN for building on the foundation laid by past leaders of the institute, the Chancellor pledged Covenant’s continuous support to ICAN’s research and capacity building drive.
Shortly before its visit to the Chancellor, the ICAN team had met with the Professor AAA. Atayero-led Management of Covenant University during which the ICAN President, Alhaji Isma’ila M. Zakari, appreciated the University for making her facilities available to the Institute for the hosting of its Western Zonal Districts’ Conference.
Alhaji Zakari expressed his pleasure at the cordial and longstanding relationship between the two institutions. According to him, this is evident in the fact that the University currently has over 25 accountants in her employment. He described ICAN as a foremost professional body that plays a leading role in the regulation and enhancement of ethical standards and technical competence in the interest of the public.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, thanked ICAN for choosing to bring its conference to Covenant University. He said Covenant University is a young institution with a huge vision of becoming one of the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022, with God helping the University to realise the vision.
“We are mindful of the fact that we cannot achieve the vision alone and that is why we need the cooperation of institutions like yours. We are most pleased to partner with you and it’s a thing of pride to be associated with you,” he added.
Also representing Covenant University at the meeting were the Registrar, Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo; Director, Financial Services, Pastor Sunday Abayomi; and the immediate past Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences, Professor Francis Iyoha.
ICAN’s 12th Western Zonal Districts’ Conference, with the theme ‘Positioning Professional Accountants for Global Relevance’ was scheduled to hold from February 12 – 15, 2018, at Covenant University.