The Kano/Jigawa district of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN) on Thursday launched their ‘Catch them young’ campaign in twenty public secondary schools in Kano State.
The campaign was unveiled at the famous Runfa College.
According to the institute, the campaign was part of ICAN’s measures to build the choice of professional accounting career in the minds of younger generation right from secondary schools.
The initiative is designed with special accounting examination courses for secondary school’s leavers that will prepare them for professional ICAN examinations.
The Chairman of ICAN Kano/Jigawa district, Kadir Mohammed, while speaking at the launching ceremony, explained that the initiative was introduced to encourage enrollment of O’level graduate in Accounting Technician Scheme West African (ATSWA).
Mohammed made it known that the ATSWA programme which was initiated to produce middle level accounting technician within West Africa, will provide opportunity for applicants with five credits in O’level, including English and Mathematics, to enrol.
“This sensitization is designed to encourage students of secondary schools to study hard and become professional in the field of accounting. We want to clear the doubt that seems, studying and becoming a Chartered Accountant is difficult.
“Again, we have come with good news that the students can actually start the journry of becoming Chartered Accountants immediately after they completed their secondary without passing through universities or polytechnics.
“ICAN has introduces ATSWA. This programme only requires candidates to pass their O’level credits including English and Mathematics. As soon as you pass the exams, you are now equivalent to gradutaes and you can actually practice as accounting technician.
“At that stage, you have passed basic and skill stages. You only need professional examinations to go and you become a chartered accountant,” Mohammed stated.
Umaru Abdullahi, Manager, ICAN Liaison Office in Kano, also revealed that the programme will equally serve to bridge the wide gap between ICAN membership with Southern part of the country.