Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has
urged members of the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) to support the anti-
corruption and re-orientation efforts of President
He spoke yesterday at the opening ceremony of the
45th Annual Conference of the ICAN, held at the
International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Ambode said the pivotal role played by
accountants in the day-to-day running of
government means that they must be above board
in discharging their duties.
He said: “I once heard someone say that only
accountants can save the world – through peace,
goodwill and reconciliations. That tells me that the
people who can save Nigeria are in this hall today.
We must kick-start that process now by developing
mechanisms that will make it compelling for
members of the Institute to exhibit a high level of
integrity wherever we find ourselves.”
According to him, as custodians and managers of
financial resources, accountants must be above
board and resist the temptation to compromise
professional ethics and personal integrity.
The governor enjoined accountants to begin the
process of raising the bar of integrity through a
pragmatic rebuilding of the nation’s value system,
to redefine the vision of the profession.
He recalled that since the establishment of ICAN in
1965, the Institute had lived up to the expectations
and dreams of the founding fathers, which berthed
world-class chartered accountants offering quality
services at the top echelon of both the public and
private sectors. “