Ndanusa tasks Buhari on performance
PRESIDENT/Chairman of Council of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN), Dr. Suleyman Ndanusa, has urged the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), to live up to the expectations of the people, “so that Nigerians will reap more dividends of democracy”.
Ndanusa, who is also the immediate past Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), made the plea during the 14th induction of members of the institute held in Lagos.
He also urged Buhari to ensure the implementation of all the promises made to Nigerians during his campaigns, adding that, the President-elect should let his words be his bond.
“After the general elections, the expectations of the people from the President-elect are that things should change for better and that he should improve on what the outgoing administration has achieved so far.
“Security, rule of law, corruption-free society, employment and united Nigeria are among the expectations of Nigeria from the incoming administration of General Buhari, who definitely cannot afford to fail.
“This is not going to be easy but with determination, it will be done and potentials realized for positive result. With determination, corruption will be eradicated. It is important we base everything on merit”, Ndanusa said .
Earlier in his welcome address, he had urged members of the Institute to shun all forms of unethical practices and any act capable of tarnishing the good name of the Institute and the nation in general.
Ndanusa told the 165 inductees, comprising 94 graduates; 57 Associate members and 14 Fellows, to be ambassadors of an Institute “noted for Professionalism and Integrity”, adding that they must always remember and adhere to the oath of allegiance of the Institute.
“As the present and future leaders of the Institute, I admonish you to maintain your stand for integrity, transparency and accountability and refuse to compromise irrespective of the circumstance.
“You are role models, therefore, expected to be shining examples not only to your generation but also to future generations. You must, therefore, shun all forms of unethical practices and any act capable of tarnishing the good name of our Institute and our nation in general”, he said.
Speaking in the same vein, the Registrar/ Chief Executive of the Institute, Dele Togunde, said: “Everywhere you go, anywhere you are and wherever sector of sphere of human endeavours you find yourself, you must be good ambassadors of the Institute. If a task is undertaken with consummate skill culminating in outstanding, sterling result, let it be said it is done by a Chartered Secretary”.
Togunde advised members never to allow the title to be synonymous with incompetence, sloppiness, fraud, and compromise of the rules and suppression of the acceptable norms.
“You must not be counted among those who cut corners because the country is hard; there is no excuse for compromising the integrity of your profession.
“You are to blow the whistle against violation of rule, aberration of law and flouting of directives. You are supposed to be conscience of your organisation on governance issues, the sounding board on legality, due process and compliance”, he said.
The ICSAN Registrar said that as Nigerians expect the inauguration of a new government this month, “We should be mindful of new opportunities and wary of challenges”, adding that as trained professionals with multi-skilled orientations; they should expect more opportunities than challenges in any dispensation.