(By Silas Tamuno) – Reprieve appears to be on the way for accounting students and graduates seeking professional training because of plans to build a Rivers state secretariat that would also accommodate the examination centre of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, ANAN, at Isiokpo in the Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State.
This indication was given by the Rivers State chairman of ANAN, Mr. Chidi Orlu, while speaking with Notable Outcome, on the sidelines of the Third Session of ANAN’s 2020 Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme, MPCD, in Port Harcourt recently.
The chairman of ANAN in Rivers State commended the governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Wike for his support, especially, for graciously giving out the Obi Wali International Conference Center for the programme.
Mr. Chidi Orlu however appealed to the governor and well meaning Nigerians to support the association in actualising the Rivers State Secretariat/Examination Center, adding that land has already been acquired at isiokpo for the purpose.
The Rivers State chairman of NAN further explained that, if Rivers State is able to have its own a Secretariat/ Examination Center, that the initiative would boost the economy of the state.
“The training center will make it possible for Rivers people, who are professionals, to be adequately prepared to compete in the private and public sectors, both in and outside the state”, the chairman said, adding that the best way to do that is to ensure adequate training to ensure that Rivers people are no longer denied opportunities over lack of competence.
Responding to a question, Mr. Orlu advised accountants to seek for knowledge through training and retraining in order to enhance their relevance in the industry and society.
He said the aim of the Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme is
to equip accountants with new knowledge and the required skill to carry out their professional duties effectively.
The chairman pleaded with organizations to allow their staff to participate in the training programs of the association, stressing that a well groomed staff is an asset to his or her employer.