Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) has said that it qualification is being redefined to prepare members for technology disruption in the financial sector.
According to Education and Learning Manager for Nigeria at ACCA, Victor Ayoola, ACCA had a research with more than 2000 employers all over world and knew from the findings what the employers wanted from a typical finance professional or managers in today’s world of technology.
Ayoola who spoke to journalists at the Annual ACCA Summit in Lagos noted that the question about the relevance of accountancy was discussed at African members conference last year.
He said, “We have things like emotional intelligence, digital intelligence, integrity and all those things have now being integrated into ACCA’s qualifications.”
According to him, technology disruption is the new reality as everything is being taken over and that is why the ACCA is also ticking up it’s qualification to address that.
He explained that ACCA’s exams which used to be paper based are now being moved into computer based.
“ACCA has been at the forefront of this for many years, the body was actually the first professional body in the world to introduce computer based exams and we are taking it to the higher level of our qualification now.
“Beginning from this March, the first set of students to take computer based exam for Math F5 -F9 in Nigeria started the exams on Monday and the ultimate vision is that every paper will be computerized administered.”
Head, ACCA Nigeria, Tom Isibor in his welcome address reiterated ACCA’s commitment to enhance employability through the summit.
He said, “At ACCA, we believe accountancy is vital for economies to grow and prosper. Our priorities is to provide opportunities and open access to people of ability globally.”
ACCA’s Business Development Manager, Lagos and West Region, Aderonke Adebule said this year’s summit which was the 4th edition with the theme ‘Connecting The Dots’ brought all ACCA’s partners together under one roof to boost employability of young people.
She said, “It’s a world of connectivity and networking now. So, we brought all our partners under one roof, we have our partners employers ranging from big organizations to the financial industry, FMCGs, we have our learning providers and the HR agencies to mentor young ones on how to position themselves as work ready graduates, we have educational services to talk them on how to take advantage of learning. We also have our members here with wealth of experiences in different sectors who are mentoring the youths. It is connecting all the dots together to ensure that we enhance the employability of the young people.”
CEO, Bellaz Education Services, Ogechi Onyemem described the summit as a good mix with young people, graduates, employers, job seekers and entrepreneurs in attendance.
Unity Bank said its focus of participating at the summit was to capture more young people into its customers base.
One of the bank’s representatives, Rosemary said Unity Bank has a product specifically designed to address young people’s educational needs.