NCA graduates 34,626 accountants in 30 years

THE Nigerian College of Accountancy (NCA) in Jos, a training arm of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) has since its inception in 1984, produced 34, 626 Post-Graduate accountants.

The college, which is the accounting body’s source of the majority of its inducted membership to date, awards professional Post-Graduate Diploma in Accountancy.

The President of ANAN, Alhaji Sakirudeen Labode, who disclosed this at the sixth convocation of the college held in Jos, Plateau State, at the weekend, said the college has been getting stronger and stronger over the years with 10 students as at 1984/1985 session, to over 3,000 students in the current year (2013/2014).

“The college is saddled with the responsibility of training young professional accountants with modern learning /teaching techniques,’’ Labode said.

He noted that the council of the association had taken decision to decentralise the college’s part-time programme in view of the security challenges in the country.

Labode pointed out that the modalities for operating the training centres were purely for `matured’ programme only.

“We are looking forward to the state governments’ partnership with ANAN and state branches of the association providing adequate facilities suitable for matured programme.

“Where none of the above exists, individuals with sufficient capacity in terms of lecture and administrative accommodation and human resources can venture into it.

“This include multi-media instructional applications, accounting and auditing software; exposure to practical knowledge in Accounting Auditing; Taxation; via the use of Accounting Laboratory in the campus,’’ the ANAN chief said.

He said that on the college’s campus, there are facilities like ultra-modern administrative block; eight blocks of students’ hostel; a modern cafeteria with 400 seats; twin shopping complex; two blocks of multi-purpose lecture/examination halls with fitted CCTV cameras; and E-Learning Hall.

Also, an E-Library system, having over 5,000 books on accounting, auditing, taxation, oil and gas, financial management and other courses, is provided.

Other facilities at the college include clinic; examination block; three blocks of barracks for military operatives; three Automated Teller Machines galleries; two giant generators; six boreholes; buses and cars for staff and students; police station; and perimeter fence of the 382 hectares of the campus.

The accountant noted that the college also has a modern French language laboratory to enable graduates of the college understand the language to ease job mobility within the Franco-phone jurisdictions.

He said that the efforts had started yielding the desired dividends as both staff and students could fluently communicate in French Language.

According to him, the association embarked on community service projects in Kwall and Passo, building 40 market shops and a motor park for its two immediate communities.

He said that to entrench rapid human capacity development of members of the association and professional Accountants in the private sector, public sector and academia, the association established the Centre for Financial and Accounting Research (CEFAR).

The centre is to carryout research on current issues in accountancy profession and to oversee the activities of other research centres built by the association in some universities in the country.

The Director-General of the college, Joseph Adebisi, said the convocation confirmed the actualisation of the dreams of the founding fathers of the association.

Adebisi, who expressed gratitude to the President and council members, past presidents of the association and all supporters as well as well as wishers, said that the prime leadership qualities of the president of the association, “led the association to the promised land on June 20, 2013 and fulfilled all the promised infrastructure on the campus.”

The convocation lecture, with the theme: “Managing Professional Accountancy Organization Towards Enhancing Values for Members and Society: Experiences From Ireland,” was delivered by the Registrar/Chief Executive of Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland, Eamon Siggins.

Labode pointed out that there was need to share experiences within and outside Nigeria’s jurisdiction.

“ANAN is charting a dynamic course in provision of robust technical know-how for all members in practice, academia, public sector and business. Part of the means of achieving this is organizing a lecture of this nature,’’ Labode added.

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