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Expert tasks secretaries, administrators on maintaining competitive edge


Chairman Governing Council, ICSAN, Samuel Kolawole

There is the need for members of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) to maintain competitive edge at all time, the Chairman of Ecobank, John Aboh has said.

Speaking at the 17th induction of ICSAN members in Lagos recently, he noted that: ‘True professional competitive advantage results from identifying and developing your areas of strength and connecting with your professional targets.”

With the theme: ‘Maintaining a Competitive Edge as a Professional’, he urged the inductees to maintain a reputation for integrity, accountability and industry hone both professional and leadership skills.

He added: “By being inducted into the Institute as members today, each and every one of you already have a competitive edge, this is because ICSAN’s qualifying scheme is unique. No other professional body provides a post-graduate qualification that is as broad-based. Chartered Secretaries and Administrators are trained in business, company law, corporate governance, management, finance, and administration among others.”


In his speech, the President and Chairman Governing Council, ICSAN, Samuel Kolawole said: “Let me remind you that amongst the responsibilities that devolve on you henceforth are adherence to ethics of the profession. We take the issue of ethics seriously in the Institute. Chartered Secretaries are highly regarded professionals and this is a reputation we highly cherish and jealously guard. Any member found guilty of gross misconduct or any other unethical practices will be sanctioned appropriately. He or she may have his or her membership withdrawn!”

Similarly, the Registrar and Chief Executive ICSAN, Nkechi Onyenso stated that Chartered Secretaries are highly skilled professionals who are respected for the depth of their knowledge, expertise, versatility, mastery and adeptness in a broad range of fields including law, accounting, finance, management, governance and secretarial practices.

“I will enjoin you to sustain this positive impression through dint of hard work, commitment and self sacrifice,” she stated.

She urged the inductees to participate in the Institute’s programmes, update their membership data regularly with the Institute, be good ambassadors of the Institute, network with other members without grade barriers and fulfill their financial obligations to the Institute.

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