ICAN confers fellows on 1,496 candidates

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) on Wednesday conferred 1,496 candidates with the award of Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA).

Comfort Olu Eyitayo, the ICAN president, in her speech at the ceremony which held in Lagos, congratulated recipients on their status.

According to Eyitayo, “The awardees have been examined by the institute and found worthy to be conferred with the highest status of fellows of ICAN.

“The recipients of the fellowship status are either professional accountants of ICAN who have been in practice for a minimum of 5 years or members who are not in practice with a minimum of 10 years post qualification experience.

“It goes without saying, therefore, that the recipients are established and experienced professionals. The fellowship recipients have acquired, over the years, post qualification experiences, knowledge, and skills that stand them in good stead to be deserving of this most coveted and highest status in the accountancy profession.”

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Furthermore, Eyitayo disclosed that the recipients have been assessed on the extent of their compliance to global best practices in service delivery and value creation, unwavering commitment to the well-regarded ethical values of accountability, transparency, honesty, and integrity as espoused by the profession and Institute; and outstanding value-driven contributions to the development and growth of the accountancy profession.

She urged the recipients of the new status to see themselves as role models for up-and-coming professional accountants.

“You must represent and project ICAN positively within your spheres of influence and continue to be good ambassadors of our great Institute,” she said.

Adedoyin Idowu Owolabi, the special guest of honour, and a past president of ICAN in his fellowship address titled, “Fellows do not fit in but stand out”, urged the new fellows to shun the attitude of trying to fit-in, but should endeavour to stand-out in their careers.

“Your being here as a chartered accountant is not because you are the most brilliant, or educated. It is not by power or might but by the grace of God. Why fit in when you can stand out?” he asked.

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