CEM REPORT | The 58th President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Mallam Tijani Musa Isa, FCA, Saturday 11, performed the investiture of the 35th Chairman of the Ikeja and District Society, Mr. Olusesan Samuel Okunade.
The event which took place at the Ikeja Country club was well attended by past Presidents of the Institute and past Chairmen of the District as well as other personalities in the financial and accounting profession.
Mr. Olusesan Samuel Okunade, a Fellow of the Institute and IT professional joined the executive committee of the Ikeja and District Society in 2015. Since then he has served the district society as sub-committee chairman and later the Vice Chairman.
In his opening remarks, the 58th President of the Institute, Mallam Tijani Musa Isa admonished the Newly invested Chairman to be ready to sacrifice his time for the sake of the District and the Institute. He emphasized that sacrifice is part of the reason for the resilience of the Institute.
He said; ”Leading a District and Society of ICAN is both a privilege and sacrifice. It is a previledge for the members of the executive to continue to impact the accounting profession, not only at the District Level, but at the national level.”
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Mr. Olusesan Samuel Okunade, in his inaugural speech pledged to work with the vision of the President and build on the legacies of the past Chairmen of the District
“We will support the vision our president in this presidential year and continue to promote the legacy left by our past Chairmen while we celebrate their achievement and successes. I pledge my commitment to continue to uphold the ideals of the District”
While speaking with Continental Economy Magazine, Mr. Okunade expressed his excitement over his investiture as the 35th Chairman of the District having served the District for over seven years in the Executive Committee.
“I feel very excited and elated about today on my investiture as the Chairman of the District. This is a journey I started since 2015 when I became an executive member of this District. I have been giving by services to the institute at the national level, zonal level and the district level which has climaxed at the Ikeja District and Society as the 35th Chairman of the District”
Mr. Okunade plans to leverage his IT expertize in advancing the affairs of the District while focusing on the youth to catch them young.
“My bedrock lies in information technology. Am IT Expert, and I celebrate that. COVID-19 have exposed a lot in this line, all we need to do is to improve on technology. I will be lashing on that by creating easy way to do things in the Institute.
“Am sure you have learnt in the last few weeks how e-payment has actually risen. We will introduce easy ways for members to do subscription, increase interaction by engaging them more on social media.
“The major driver of my Chairmanship is the youth. As part of focal point of my agenda, we are going to encourage our young ones through the secondary and tertiary institutions by moving close to them and making them know the importance of accounting.
“Most people don’t believe am an accountant following my successes in other areas such as the IT. The spirit of an accountant has given me room for diversification. Will we go to the nukes and crannies of Ikeja and with IT, we will be able to connect with people from other states to participate in the program. With this awareness, more people will come into the profession and the economy will be better for it”; Mr. Okunade.