Daily Champion (Lagos)

Nigeria: ANAN Mobilizes 16,000 Membership in 2010

THE Registrar, Association of National Accountant of Nigeria (ANAN), Chief Tarkaa Gemade has said that the association's membership strength currently stands at 16,207 as at December 2010.

He said during the year under review, 1,567 candidates were inducted into membership of the association.

Breakdown of the statistics showed that during the yea in review. 58 members were inducted with the Fellowship of the association. While the population of students of the Nigerian College of Accountancy (NCA), Jos, for the current session stood at 2,815.

He said the fall in admission by the college from 3.070 recorded in 2009 was "inextricably linked with sporadic violence in Jos and its environs".

Gemade said the provisions of the association's law in respect of grant of practicing licence was brought into full effect during the year. 37 members were granted practicing licence during the year, he sdaid

The registrar said the association in its commitment to strengthen the profession and for easy adoption of financial reporting standard, approved 10 ANAN standards on Auditing of which four were published and launched.

He said: "Council approved a review of handbook for members".

Gemade added that the association retained its institutional membership of the two global organizations in furtherance of its objective of "Advancing the Science of Accountancy".

The registrar said the organizations are: the International Association for Accounting Education and Research (IAAER) and Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL).

According to him, to advance its professional existence and relevance in the country, ANAN was admitted into the membership of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria on December 7, 2010.

Gemade recalled that the immediate past President, Chief (Mrs) Iyamide Gafar in company of the new President, Hajia Maryam Ibrahim and himself paid reciprocal visit to the President of the National Institute of Accountants (NIA) of Australia.

He said: "the visit consummated the discussions on MOU between ANAN and NIA, Australia".

The registrar said the agreement was intended to form the basis to enter into as co-operation agreement between the NIA, Australia and ANAN on providing opportunities for working relationship on mutual advancement of the Accounting profession.

He recalled that the association (ANAN) was well represented at the 18th World Congress of Accountants held on November 8 to 11, 2010, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Gemade said the congress attracted over 6,000 Accountants worldwide to discuss its theme: "Accountants Sustaining Value Creation".

He said the association was present at the Association of Accountancy Bodies in West Africa (ABWA) congress in Freetown, Sierra-Leone on April 21 to 23, 2010.

Gemade, however, alleged that "ANAN's membership of the regional body (ABWA) has continued to be blocked by ICAN who is operators of its headquarters situated in Abuja, Nigeria".

He said the association had continued to enhance the capacity of its members to boost their skills and efficiency in governance.

The association renewed its MOU with the University of Pittsburg USA, he said, saying that two sessions of leadership training were held on May 2 to 6, 2020 and October 4 to 8 , 2010 at the University of Pittsburg for all interested members of the association.

The registrar said during the year under review, the immediate past president was voted Woman of the Year (runner -up) in a poll conducted through short message services from Monday June 28 to Sunday , July 4, 2010.

He said the poll was conducted by Centre for Policy Development and Political Studies.

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