Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, said in collaboration with the New Nigeria Development Company, NNDC, it produced 548 chartered accountants in Northern Nigeria over the last eight years.
NNDC’s Executive Director, Cooperate Planning and Business Development, Malam Abbas Waziri, made this known in Gombe yesterday during the inauguration of NNDC-ICAN study centre in the state capital.
He said the 548 chartered accountants were produced from three study centres in Kano, Kaduna and Ilorin between 2007 and 2015.
He noted that the inauguration of the Gombe study centre made it the fourth in the north, expressing optimism that it would follow the track record of success recorded in other centres.
Waziri said the centres were introduced to develop and improve the capacity of young graduates in Northern Nigeria.
While inaugurating staff of the Gombe district office, Otunba Samuel Deru, the National President of ICAN said the institute had a total number of 53 district centres located in America, United Kingdom, Canada, Cameroon and other parts of the country.
He said Gombe district was inaugurated for the development of the accountancy profession, adding that the NNDC signed a Memorandum of Understand, MoU, with ICAN in 2007 to implement the initiative in the north.
“This study centre will create opportunities for brilliant students to take advantage of,” he said.
Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo appealed to ICAN to complement the study centre with an examination centre and liaison office.
“You have my assurance that the state government will give whatever support is required to achieve this objective. Once that is done, I make bold to say that other states will be trailing behind Gombe in the number of chartered accountants being turned out.
“The number of chartered accountants in this part of the country is low. This may not be unconnected with the absence of tuition centres and lack of proximity to the administrative centre of ICAN,” he said.
He further commended NNDC and ICAN for establishing the centre in Gombe.
In his acceptance speech, the Chairman, Gombe District office, Mr. Kadiri Sajius, promised to justify the confidence reposed on him.

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