The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) is constructing five lecture theatres in selected tertiary institutions across the country.
This is part of strategies to strengthen its public interest mandate and to encourage the production of highly skilled accounting graduates in the country.
The five universities are Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; University of Benin, Benin City; University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and Kebbi State University of Science and Technology.
Laying the foundation stone of the first lecture theatre in the line-up at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on Tuesday, the 50th and Golden Jubilee President of ICAN, Mr. Chidi Onyeukwu Ajaegbu, explained that the project is aimed at supporting the aspirations of the students and creating conducive atmosphere for learning with a view to producing highly skilled graduates in Nigerian universities.
He explained further that the new project is the next step in the institute’s scheme of developmental initiatives borne out of its desire to address the problem of poor performance of students.
The ICAN President also disclosed that each of the selected institutions would provide a parcel of land on which the lecture theatre would be built as the institute desires to accomplish the project within the next one year.
In his own remarks, the Vice Chancellor of OAU, Professor Idowu Bamitale Omole, posited that ICAN’s gesture has complemented the vision of the institution, expressing gratitude of the school’s Governing Council to ICAN.
The Vice Chancellor lauded ICAN as the foremost professional body in Nigeria when it comes to turning out professional accountants who know their onions and capable of competing with their counterparts anywhere in the world.