ANAN College Produces 5,160 Post-graduate Accountants
President of ANAN, Hajia Maryam Ladi Ibrahim
The Nigerian College of Accountancy (NCA), the training arm of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), has produced 5,160 post-graduate Accountants during the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 sessions.
President of ANAN, Hajia Maryam Ladi Ibrahim, disclosed this at the 5th Convocation of the college, which took place recently at its permanent site at Kwall, near Jos, Plateau State.
A statement issued in Lagos quoted Ibrahim saying that the college was a post-graduate professional accountancy college modelled to scientifically advance the science of accountancy.
According to the statement, the association decided on this mode of the training of professionals to ensure the proper blend of knowledge and skills.
Ibrahim explained that there was need to train accountants that had analytical mind to address issues as they arose and not only look at mechanical issues.
“There is no doubt that with the growth of knowledge and the principle-based accounting standards, the work of an accountant shall cease to be the routine debit and credit”, she said.
Ibrahim said the realisation of the high expectations necessitated the fact that the college’s raw materials must have a minimum of HND or BSc, adding that these were the kind of individuals that could withstand the rigours of the training.
She said that with a modest beginning at the temporary site of the college, within the last five years, the college could boast of facilities that could give adequate training to at least 3,000 candidates at a time.
Ibrahim revealed that the college has in place six hostel blocks of 26 rooms self-contained, examination/administration office; restaurant, generator house, a shopping complex, network of roads, walkways, and water supply; facelift of college gate; furnishing of two multi-purpose halls and attached offices.
The association had build a police station within the college vicinity and donated same to the Nigeria Police Force; fencing of 348 acres of land; a functional accounting laboratory, installed closed circuit television; and introduction of e-learning facilities. She explained that when fully completed, the permanent site could comfortably accommodate 5,000 candidates.
Ibrahim appealed to governments, corporate organisations, especially the World Bank, international donor agencies and all lovers of education to support the development of the college. She said urgent projects required are: the 200 work stations ICT Centre, E-library and an administrative block.
The development of the permanent site should not be perceived as an ANAN project, but a Nigerian project.
The Director-General of the college, Dr. Joseph Adebisi, in his welcome address recalled that the first convocation of the college was held in 2001 without a building at the permanent site.
Adebisi also recalled that the second convocation took place without a building on the site, saying that the turning point came when the third convocation was held in the only building at that time.
The fourth convocation marked the third consecutive convocation that took place within two years. The fifth convocation is taking place in an era of massive infrastructural development, producing 5,160 graduands for convocation.
He said the college had two accounting labs for students to have the privilege of interacting with accounting materials.
Adebisi said the objective was to facilitate the understanding of information technology through the use of accounting packages. According to him, the college is unique not just because it is the first of its kind in Africa, but it is the second in the world patterned after the Scottish Accounting College.
He appealed to individuals, government at all levels and others corporate bodies to turn the college into the desire of its founding fathers.
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