The Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) is seeking collaboration with Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM) for the establishment of branches in some countries abroad.
The Chief Operating Officer of ANAN, Dr Musa Muhammed stated this when the Association visited the Chairman/CEO, NIDCOM, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who was represented by Dr Sule Bassi, Secretary, NIDCOM in Abuja.
Muhammed explained that as a professional body, ANAN‘s impact will be felt more if branches are established outside the shores of Nigeria.
He disclosed that ANAN has already contacted a professional accountant who is also a fellow in the USA and has started working on setting up a branch in the USA.
He however said: “But it is wise for us to discuss with NIDCOM to use your good office to achieve this purpose based on the law of USA, the law of Nigeria especially on the law of the ANAN branch opening”.
Mohammed said that the aim was not just to open a branch in the USA but hopes that NIDCOM should give ANAN the enablement to establish offices in other parts of the world.
He commended NIDCOM for prompt response to issues that concern Nigerians all over the world, urging them to keep up the good work.
Responding, Dr Sule Bassi assured ANAN representatives of NIDCOM’s maximum support in actualising its purpose.
Bassi said that NIDCOM is set up primarily to engage meaningfully the over 17 million Nigerians living abroad and as such will be happy to collaborate with ANAN provided the branches, if established, will impact positively on the Nigerian economy.
While commending the success of ANAN so far, Bassi said that he wants Diaspora accountants that will impact its training programmes and also urged the association to key into the NIDCOM’s programmes like the National Diaspora Day, Nigeria Diaspora Investment Summit to see how the association can participate actively.
A six-man committee was subsequently was constituted to work out the modalities for the ANAN-NIDCOM partnership.
ANAN is a professional body of Accountants registered by ACT 76 of the 1973 law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria saddled with the responsibility to advance the science of accounting in Nigeria.
It is also a professional body that teaches before examining candidates into the association and has been in operation for over 42 years.