By Ikeddy ISIGUZO
FORMER President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, Mr. Chidi Ajaegbu, has said that the ICAN Resource Centre that was opened in Umuahia on Monday was his contribution to empowering future generations by improving their access to professional accountancy education. Ajaegbu had earlier donated a resource centre to ICAN in Aba.
“I have built these centres from my relative success as an accountant to give back to society. My expectations are that they would create opportunities for students to access learning resources in environments purposed for learning,” said Ajaegbu, more popularly known as the golden ICAN President, as his presidency was during the 50th anniversary of ICAN.
Ajaegbu stressed the importance of building society on philanthropy. He was glad he discharged the pledge he made to ICAN in 2013 to build the two centres.
ICAN President Dame Joy Onome Adewuyi commended Ajaegbu who she said raised ICAN’s cash reserve by 300 per cent when he served as Honourary Treasurer in 2010. She quoted Wilson Churchill, “we make a living from what we get; we make a life from what we give”, as fitting attributes of Ajaegbu.
Dame Adewuyi said the completion of the Umuahia centre which has “facilities for the cross-fertilization of professional ideas, networking among chartered accountants, and ambience for ICAN students preparing for the Institute’s examinations”, in a record six months, was remarkable.
The Institute decided years ago to embark on such projects across the country with the facilities named after those who partnered with ICAN to realise them. The Centres have offices, reading rooms, library, and a hall that can be used for examinations or social events.
Ajaegbu said his accountancy scholarship schemes in Abia and Lagos States, with 115 beneficiaries, were in line with his belief in creating leadership by using education to empower future generations.
Abia State Deputy Governor of Abia State Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, an ICAN Fellow, Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Chris Ezem, were among top government officials who attended the event.