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Accounting body harps on integrity for growth




The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has identified integrity as a core value that leads to survival and growth of businesses, even as it recounted its achievements in the past 10 years of operation in Nigeria.

The Chief Executive of ACCA Global, Helen Brand, said that since the institute started its examinations, it is on record that integrity of its processes has never been compromised, adding that the institute has in the last 10 years, made enormous contributions to economic growth and development of the country.
She also said the institute has worked through a network of 95 offices and centres with 7,110 approved employers worldwide.

According to her, the accounting body aims at developing capacity in the profession, as well as encourage the adoption of consistent global standards, with its core values aligned to the needs of employers in all sectors, through qualifications that prepare accountants for real business world.

“We work to open up the profession to people of all backgrounds and remove artificial barriers to entry, ensuring that qualifications and their delivery meet the diverse needs of trainee professionals and their employers,” she said.

Some of the contributions made to educational development in the country include the provision of accessible global standard, which enables organisations to compare learning and development support against a global benchmark; fast track specific ACCA business processes and members can benefit depending on which approval stream they choose; and help bring talented people into organisations.

ACCA chief noted that the body has been able to create opportunities for millions of Nigerians and non-Nigerians home and abroad to realise their ambitions and potential and help build a Nigeria that hopefully everyone will be proud of.

She further noted that ACCA does not condoned any form of unprofessional behaviour or unethical practice among its members, because it believes that accountants bring value to economies in all stages of development.

“This is a statutory responsibility to which all of us subscribe to; any members found guilty will be sanctioned, including delisting names of erring members from the members register, which may permanently prevent the affected person from practicing,” she added.

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