Mrs Onome Joy Adewuyi has emerged the 56th president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
Her investiture took place after an election on Tuesday at the institute’s secretariat on Victoria Island, Lagos, where new officers were elected to run its affairs for the next year.
In her acceptance speech and inaugural address, Mrs Adewuyi promised to partner the government to redefine national values, economic priorities and resource utilization strategies such that the mass of the citizenry can be lifted out of avoidable poverty.
According to her, ICAN would leverage its professional expertise to support players in the informal sector, whose unsung value-creating activities will define the position of the nation on the ladder of sustainable development.
She lamented the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty being experienced by Nigeria, adding that the nation is at a point in its economic development where all hands must be on deck to address the ugly situation.
‘According to the 2019 World Bank Human Development Report, 53.5% of Nigerians live below the poverty line of US$1.9 a day. I am inclined, like many analysts, to believe that the situation is even worse considering the high rate of crime and criminality all over the country.
‘The situation is better imagined if we take cognizance of the possible effect of COVID-19 in the near term,’ she stated.
On refocusing ICAN capacity building initiatives, Mrs Adewuyi explained that this presidential year, the Institute would formalise its online training and incorporate them into the annual training brochure.
She added that the Members’ Education and Training would be bolstered with cut-edge virtual training programmes.
‘These would run together with the established traditional model of delivering training. Also, the ICAN faculties would be equipped to become centres of excellence for virtual training in the seven specialist areas of Accounting,’ she expatiated.
Speaking further, the ICAN President said the lesson of the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged ICAN to redefine the values it shares, the way it relates and accounts for its actions and inactions.
‘Evidently, proactive deployment and proficiency in the use of technology will continue to define corporate and individual success.
‘This emerging paradigm has implications for how we relate and bond as professionals who share a common vision of working together to build a great nation with a sustainable economy driven by strong institutions.’
Furthermore, Mrs Adewuyi explained that with the drastic changing dynamics in the market, ICAN would expand its collaborative horizons to bring on board non-traditional partners, especially the Tech companies that would work with the Institute on the gradual incorporation of emerging technologies, such as Machine Learning, Data Analytics, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.
She assured that as the Institute would strive to hold leaders at all levels accountable, it would also enforce compliance to the professional code of ethics and sanction all proven cases of misdemeanour by members without fear or favour.
She posited that the task of nation-building is a collective responsibility, adding that ICAN as a critical stakeholder could not continue to watch askance for the nation to be going down the hilltop through formulation and implementation of strategic policies.
She also disclosed that ICAN would make efforts to take its Accounting Technician Scheme West Africa (ATSWA) examinations to other African countries which need the middle-level Accountancy support, adding that ICAN would maintain excellent working relationships with regulatory authorities like Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigeria Deposit Insurance Company (NDIC), Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency International (NEITI), National Insurance Commission of Nigeria (NAICOM) and the National Pension Commission (PENCOM).
Adewuyi graduated with a BSc degree (Second Class Honours Upper Division) in Accounting from the University of Benin in 1982 and MSc in Banking & Finance from the University of Lagos in 1993.
She is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, Boston Massachusetts USA the Wharton Business School of Pennsylvania, USA and the Kellogg Business School, Chicago USA.
She is also an alumnus of the International Banking Summer School, USA and the Lagos Business School.
She began her career with Texaco Nigeria Plc. as the Treasury and Investment Accountant.
She later joined the Nigerian Intercontinental Merchant Bank Limited where she started her banking career.
She worked in Fidelity Bank Plc. for close to two decades where she rose to the position of the Executive Director, Risk Management.
She has over three decades of experience in banking and financial management.
Adewuyi, in conjunction with Deloitte of South Africa, was responsible for the implementation of Fidelity Bank Plc. Enterprise Risk Management System in 2008.
This culminated in the setup of distinct Credit Risk, Market Risk and Operational Risk Division of the Bank which is still in use at Fidelity Bank Plc.
She is a faculty of the Financial Institution Training Centre and other private training institutions on Risk Management (Credit and Operational Risks).
She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN).
She represents ICAN on the Governing Council of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN).
She has been Honorary Treasurer of ICAN for three times consecutively: 2011-2012; 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. She was a past President of the Society for Women Accountants of Nigeria (SWAN).
She is a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and currently serves on the Boards of Law Union & Rock Insurance Plc. and Dominion Trust Limited as Non-Executive Director.
She is currently the Executive Director, Finance & Admin of Cynergy Platforms Limited.
She has a passion for charity works and development of the indigent girl child and she runs a scholarship scheme for Anglican priests and indigent children attending Nigerian universities.
She is married and blessed with children