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Group tasks Muslim Accountants on professionalism

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Muslim Accountants have been enjoined to maintain standard, uphold morals and integrity in their professional endeavours.

Speaking during the National Conference of Muslim Professional Accountant Association of Nigeria, Lagos Chapter, the President of the Association, Abdul Mumeen Muhibudeen Ajani noted that despite the implementation of Corporate Governance to regulate financial institutions in the country, many companies do not abide by the principle.

“ Corporate Governance Code can only be fulfilled if only the Federal Government stands its ground, if not Nigerians will continues to sideline, circumvent all the law and corruption will continue to flourish”.

MTN, Nigerian’s New Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, Modupe Kadri, urged accountant professionals to reconnect with the value system and uphold financial ethics.

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He urged the new elected executives to imbibe leadership traits by being honest, humble and transparent in their dealings

“I think the starting point is that they need to know the roles and responsibilities that leadership has placed on them. They should reconnect with our value system to go back to the stand.

“When you are a leader you have to be humble, you have to learn humility, you have to put pride and arrogance behind you,” he said.

He advised the newly elected executives to uphold leadership traits while running the affairs of the association.

“Leadership is all about serving the people, we have young ones who are coming up, who are aspiring up to be chartered accounts and some are already chartered accountants practicing they need to imbibe the right values so that we can build this nation together,” he said.

The Head of Assurance Ernst and Young (EY) Nigeria, Jamiu Olakisan enjoined the new executive to tow the part of the previous leaders.

“They should ensure that members are well equip with 24th century accounting skills in order to empower them,” he said.

The Director of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) and Guest Lecturer at the event, Professor Ishaq Akintola, urged the professionals to uphold ethic standards in their dealing by keeping to the tenets of Islam on transparency probity and accountability.

“Accountant holds the key to transparency. They are like police who see where crimes are committed and take action immediately, but where they look away then there will be corruption in both high and low places.

“We are very much concerned that all ministries in this country have accountant, all departments and all agencies have accountants and there is widespread of corruption because it has become endemic in our country,” he said.

He added that the way forward to ensure corporate governance is to have the fear of Allah (taqwa).

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