By Amechi Ogbonna
THE Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), yesterday, threw its weight behind the Federal Government’s anti-corruption crusade, while calling for implementation of strategies that cut across all tiers of government.
Newly inaugurated President of ICAN, Deacon Titus Soetan, who made the call at a briefing in Lagos, said government needs the support of all Nigerians to win the war against corruption as it was the only way Nigeria can record any meaningful progress as a nation.
According to him, government must strengthen its anti-corruption agencies in a way that ensures that all remote chambers of graft in government’s ministries, departments and agencies are dismantled.
He said, “in fighting corruption, the judiciary must be alive to its responsibility. Cases of corruption should not only be expeditiously prosecuted and adjudicated upon, but those found guilty should be punished to serve as deterrent to others.
This matter is of great importance to all and sundry in the sense that without eradicating the endemic corruption we have been made to see in the past few years, the country is unfortunately not going to make any meaningful progress in its developmental efforts.”
Soetan also lamented the rising insecurity across the country, warned it poses significant challenge to investment and entrepreneurship.
According to him, the security situation has unfortunately deteriorated in the last few years and has worsened global perception of the image of the country.
While commending the administration’s effort in tackling the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East, the ICAN boss urged government to urgently address rising cases of kidnapping and assassinations in other parts of the country to enable it enjoy the trust and confidence of the citizens.
On how to boost the nation’s economy, he called on the Buhari government to initiate policies that would provide and promote enabling environment for businesses to operate, stressing that the institute was in support of the introduction of the flexible foreign exchange policy by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) even as he advocated effective monitoring.