The President, Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Ireland, Nano Brennan has said the partnership between the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Ireland and the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) was based on mutual respect as well as to produce more effective accountants.
Brennan said this in a Goodwill message she delivered at the 21st annual conference of ANAN held in Abuja recently.
She said: “We hold ANAN in high esteem. We look forward to continued successful relationship with ANAN. CPA Ireland supported ANAN to take its rightful place in the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). It is wonderful to see ANAN playing a leading role in the Accounting profession in Africa.
“I come from a country with five million people, yet have had made a big impact in the world of Accountancy and imagine the great impact Nigeria and ANAN will make in future.”
She urged accountants at every level of public and private sector in Nigeria to be more efficient. Brennan described ANAN as a professional body in Africa that offers online education.
“CPA Ireland is ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with ANAN to ensure that ANAN becomes the leading accounting professional body in Africa.”
The accountant urged the Council of ANAN to develop the post-graduate college to an enviable status in Africa.
Brennan said that the door was opened for membership of CPA to those who are interested in obtaining the forms, adding that the CPA would offer 58 per cent discount as an exclusive offer for ANAN conference delegates.
Also, the Executive Director of Education, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, United Kingdom, Dr Noel Tagoe said policy objectives in the country should be centered around optimisation, diversification and transformation of the economy. Tagoe said that transformation should be on sectors of the future to drive economic growth though new industries.
He said government should redefine and reshape what the Nigerian economy could be in future. The accountant said government should wake up most potentially declining sectors of the economy and encourage those with potential for high growth. Tagoe also advised that government should formalize the informal sector bring them with the fiscal economy.
He said that the agricultural sector contributes 22 per cent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), adding that “agriculture is important but not much value is added.”