ICAN Commends Ministry Of Finance, Seeks Collaboration On Training

An Accounting body in Nigeria, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) on Tuesday commended the achievements of the Federal Government under the Federal Ministry of Finance in the last three and half years of the current administration, saying it has blocked Financial leakages and set the tone for improved revenue generation to finance government’s economic development agenda.

Alhaji Razak Adeleke Jaiyeola, the 54th president of ICAN who stated this when he led executive members of the organisation for a courtesy call on the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed in Abuja, seek to collaborate with the Ministry to organize in-house training for staff and its ICAN members in the Ministry.

The Minister of Finance, in a statement by her Special Adviser on Media and Communications, expressed readiness of the ministry to collaboration with ICAN and welcomed its recently released Accountability Index, noting that the country was often measured by external index which don’t take our local peculiarities into consideration and that it will encourage both the federal and state governments to ensure good public governance.

ICAN Commends Ministry Of Finance, Seeks Collaboration On Training
Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed

Speaking earlier, the ICAN President particularly noted the giant strides of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, which he said, has led to an all time high revenue generation of the sum of N5. 3 trillion in 2018.

While expressing worries over delays in national budget, Alhaji Jaiyeola, commended the implementation of the TSA, he noted that many of the software that drive the process are not locally sourced, and called on the federal government to deploy more local content which he said will both preserve our hard-earned foreign exchange and create more jobs for the citizenry

According to him, “Let me seize this auspicious opportunity to warmly commend the laudable achievements recorded by the Federal Ministry of Finance in the last three and half years. The Treasury Single Account (TSA), the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS), Whistle-blower Policy, the establishment of the Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) and the Efficiency Unit, the Collateral Registry under the Central Bank of Nigeria, the laudable reforms in the FIRS, are all initiatives driven by your ministry not only to set a credible governance tone at the top and raise the bar of credibility.”

He said, the drive of FIRS to recover N23 billion from 45,000 people who had more than N100 million in their accounts in 2018 through substitution of their bank account is highly commendable. The service has also won international awards with respect to its IT initiatives.

He said, “Honourable Minister, as you are aware, ICAN released the first result of its Accountability Index during the 48th Annual Accountants’ Conference. This strategic initiative was jointly financed by ICAN and the Internal Federation of Accountants (IFAC). The ICAN-AI is an initiative for improving public sector finance management which cuts across the three tiers of government.

“The objectives of the ICAN AI among others include encouraging fiscal responsibility and good public financial management, tackling corruption by encouraging quality professionals in the public sector and providing a holistic, objective and evidenced- based framework for assessing performance of public sector entities."