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President of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN ) and Chairman, Board of Directors of Nigerian College of Accountants, Hajia Mariam Ladi Ibrahim has called on Nigerians to give the president the necessary support in his quest to combat corruption.

She said while addressing students at the college in Jos that the president had shown the commitment to fight corruption, what was left was for Nigerians to give him the needed support to win the war.

' I am happy today that the President of the country is ready to take the bull by the horn and pray that God will give him the political will to carry on. Nigerians, as followers must be ready to have the change. Our ethical value has to change for the better; for, gone are the days when the next door neighbour would ask where you get the money to live ostensibly.'.

She said in Jos that Nigeria was getting worried that even as both ANAN and the Institute of College of Accountants (ICAN) were continuously turning out professional accountants, the level of corruption in the country was growing higher.

She said the nation was now yawning for people of integrity on whom to bestow the future of this country and that the college of accountancy was continuously reviewing her syllabus to ensure that the new generation of accountants to be produced imbibe knowledge , skills and integrity that and would be pride to the society.

She admonished the new set of accounting graduates in the institution that they must equally be worried about the level of corruption, which had taken international dimension because they were potential parents if they were not one yet. ' I have children and some of you have families and some are planning to have families but what can we say, we are leaving for the younger generations?

The ANAN president, who directed lecturers to send out of classes students that were not properly dressed, reminded the students that they needed not go for costly wears, which would force them to live above their means but could be simple and neat.

On academics, she said the institution was now following the global trend of not only assessing students but also giving the students opportunity to assess their lecturers; saying if they worked ahead of the lecturers, they could challenge them and this would give the students the opportunity to assess whether the lecturers were capable or not.

She said to grasp the accounting and the auditing system using the Information Technology (IT) as it is the practice globally, the course 18 would be the first set to be exposed to a further practical training as obtained both in the public and private sectors and this would portray them as very competent accountants.

'Globally there are standards now. The world is worried about the level of corruption and has tried as much as possible to introduce different standards that can curb the level of corruption but to me,what matters is the value we attach to life.'

She announced that the institution had inaugurated her research committee to work in conjunction with the international accounting educators and research and was optimistic that the international body, which has its vice chairman as a member of the college, would study corruption in Nigeria with the aim of finding solution to it.