7th October, 2010
Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has been chosen to present the lead paper at thisÂ yearâ€™s Annual Accountantsâ€™ Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants ofÂ Nigeria, ICAN. The theme is â€œNigeria at 50: Economic Development & Socio-PoliticalÂ Stabilityâ€.
The conference which is the 40th in the series, will take place at the InternationalÂ Conference Center and Sheraton Hotels & Towers, Abuja, between Monday, 11 OctoberÂ andÂ Friday, 15 October 2010. It will be declared open by PresidentÂ Goodluck Jonathan onÂ Tuesday, 12 October 12 and closed on Thursday, 14 October 14 by Vice President NamadiÂ Sambo.
The 46th ICAN President, Major General Sebastian Achulike Owuama, will deliver theÂ keynote address.
â€œAs Nigerians celebrate the golden jubilee of their nationâ€™s independence,â€ says Owuama,Â â€œthere is the need to evaluate and take stock of our economic development in relation toÂ socio-political stability. The objective of this would be to find solutions to theÂ socio-political instability in the country and proffer solutions and the way forwardâ€¦ThisÂ Conference will definitely address problems affecting the economic development andÂ suggest solutions to socio-political instability in the country.â€
Apart from paper presentations, workshops, plenary sessions, there will be a ConferenceÂ Gala night on Thursday to be presided over by the Senate President, David Mark and gracedÂ by other dignitaries such as the Chief of Army Staff. During the gala night, a Star prizeÂ of a brand new Kia Rio car will be won at the raffle draw scheduled as part of theÂ conference fun package which include competitive sporting activities like golf, tableÂ tennis, swimming, novelty football match, lawn tennis, jogging, squash, excursions andÂ business exhibitions.
Other prizes like LCD television, Gas cooker and 10 laptops will also be won at variousÂ times in the course of the conference.
Ace musician, King Sunny Ade will be on hand to thrill the conference participants whichÂ include seasoned professionals and senior financial decision-makers from various parts ofÂ the globe as well as members of the National Assembly and Nigerian Government officialsÂ invited to the conference.
Apart from Soyinka, other resource persons like the former Managing Director, GuarantyÂ Trust Bank (GTB), Mr. Fola Adeola, FCA and Acting Executive Secretary, Nigeria AccountingÂ Standards Board (NASB), Mr. Jim Obazee will also deliver thought-provoking papers at theÂ conference. While Professor Soyinka will present the lead paper titled â€œNigeria at 50:Â Economic Development & Socio-political Stability – Time for Stock Takingâ€, Messrs AdeolaÂ and Obazee will deliver Plenary Session Paper I and Paper II, entitled â€œChallenges of theÂ Chartered Accountant in Building a Stable Political Environmentâ€ and â€œIFRS: GlobalÂ Convergence of Financial Reporting for Competitiveness & National Developmentâ€Â respectively.
According to the Registrar/Chief Executive of the Institute, Mr. Olutoyin Adepate, fourÂ workshop papers have also been listed for presentation at the conference. Workshop PaperÂ I entitled â€œSMEâ€™s Growth and Development: The role of Chartered Accountantsâ€ will beÂ presented by the Managing Director, Bank of Industry, Ms Evelyn Oputu; Workshop Paper II,Â â€œAudit Quality Assurance: A Global Perspectiveâ€ will be presented by the Senior Partner,Â Pricewater House Coopers, Mr. Ken Igbokwe, FCA; while Papers III and IV entitled â€œRevenueÂ Assurance for Economic Development and Civil Society: Framework for Governance andÂ Regulationâ€ would be presented by Messrs Anton Michael Bouwer and Richard Weaver.