I Am Determined To Establish Professionalism In NCA – DG
Dr. Friday Akpan, Director General of the Nigerian College of Accountancy, NCA, Kwall, Plateau State, has credited the College’s success story during his four-month tenure to his commitment to shift the narrative and assure professionalism.
The DG, who was recently recognized by the Rotary Club of Jos Central for his significant contributions to human capital development as an administrator, stated that providing leadership and coordination to the various departments in the College has resulted in a positive change in a short period of time.
Dr. Akpan spoke with Vanguard in Jos and underlined his commitment to restoring the College’s integrity as the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria’s training arm.
He said, “Since I came on board as the DG of the College, this is about the fourth month. Having been in the system, I tried to see what can be done to change the narrative especially in restoring the integrity and proficiency of the training arm of the Association.
“Students who registered for full-time programmes are supposed to be known and seen as full-time students but over the years, that was not professionally followed so one of the things that we did was to ensure that the biometric attendance was upheld so many of them who did not meet the statutory attendance policy of 75% attendance in the College were asked to drop from the full time so that they can have their time to run the programme on a part-time basis.
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“This extends to two years while the full-time programme takes between eight to nine months to complete. We insisted that the students follow due process and fully integrate into the system to acquire their professional qualifications. It is important to also mention that in record time, the Professional Examination A was successfully handled within a week and we were able to assemble about 1,600 students who were in the College to write the exams by the grace of God, it went well.”
He attributed his success story to “determination and ability to coordinate the different components and departments, leadership is about coordination,” and advised stakeholders and the public to do the right things saying, “it is always good to do the right things and for you to achieve success, you have to pay the price and think about what and how you would be remembered.”
Speaking on the challenge being faced, he noted, “there is a lot of interest, especially from students who want to take the shortcut and maintain the old order, and by the time you want to change the narrative, it is contested but determination is the key in restoring the integrity of the College.”
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