The present Chairman of Kaduna and District Society of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria, (ICAN), Dalhatu Abdulazeez (FCA), last Saturday revealed that the number or chartered
accountants in the North and their level of professionalism has increased astronomically.
The ICAN boss made this revelation while speaking to pressmen during the orientation and induction of newly inducted students into the Students Special Project( SSP) at the Musa Bello Learning Resource Centre, New Nigeria Development Company Limited (NNDCL),Kaduna.
The ICAN chief also revealed that in the past, not many Northerners qualify as chartered accountants or pass ICAN exams.He added that even amongst the accountants, there were notions that Northerners can’t pass ICAN’s professional exam.
“However, with the partnership of New Nigeria Development Company Limited (NNDCL) and ICAN, which led to the setting up of the SSP at the Musa Bello Learning Resource Centre, the number of students from the North who sat and passed ICAN exams have risen astronomically”.
” And in the last two years , the Musa Bello Learning Resource Centre has graduated 800 students as chartered accountants “. He added.
Speaking on the level of professionalism and competence on the part of the students, Mr.Dalhatu averred that, before the advent of the SSP, some ICAN candidates do spend 2- 12 years writing qualifying exams before they could qualify as chartered, that trend has been eradicated.
“Last year, there was a student who spent just a year and qualified as chartered accountant.There are many others now that would complete exams in less than 27 months”, he added.
He said the secret to the successes recorded by ICAN and the NNDCL in training accountants in Kaduna had to with conducive learning atmosphere, competent and qualified accountants who doubles as lecturers. He further explained that,students from the centre during and on completion of their trainings are attached to firms, industries and other bodies so that their progress could be monitored and assessed
Giving further insight, Mr.Dalhatu added that the NNDCL virtually foots the tuition fee of candidates from the North while candidates from other parts of the country pay very less compared to other training institutes.
Kaduna News Online reports that during the orientation ceremony of the students , 120 students were inducted into the skills ,special and professional classes of the diet