THE Delta State Government yesterday said that it has been able to move against the tide of recession through fiscal discipline and prudent management of resources.
The state Acting Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro said this yesterday, when he played host to the president and members of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), during a courtesy call to Government House, Asaba.
Barr. Otuaro said that at the inception of the present administration, the issue of militancy and pipeline vandalism reared its ugly head and crumbled oil production and exploration, adding that the quick intervention of government and relevant stakeholders helped in addressing the challenges.
The Acting Governor said that, amid the economic downturn, the SMART Agenda has helped the state government to set its priorities right, resulting in the success stories recorded in all sectors on the state’s economy, including education, health, agriculture and physical infrastructure and human capital development.
Barr. Otuaro described the theme of the ANAN programme in Delta State as timely as it would help develop the professional capacity of members in the modern- day financial management.
He said that the input of accountants was indispensable in any society, resulting in the appointment of accountants in key positions by the Delta State Government, adding that government will look into the request made by the association and it will be given due consideration.
Earlier, the President, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), Alhaji Shehu Usman Ladan, said that the association is in Asaba for the third session of its Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) aimed at retraining its members to be in tune with changes in accountancy profession.
Alhaji Ladan, while appreciating the state government and expressing his thanks to the governor for the support given to the branch of ANAN, he noted that ANAN was the first professional body in Nigeria to introduce retraining programme of professionals in 1996.
The president who said ANAN’s mode of training is collegiate in nature, appealed to the state government to consider the upgrade of members of the association in the state public service who are still below Grade level 10 to Grade Level 10.
Alhaji Ladan appealed to the governor for the sponsorship of members of the association in the state civil service to ANAN training programmes, as well as appointing its members into key positions in state, noting that it will impact positively in their work..