By Rukayat Adeyemi
The Institute of Corporate and Public Sector Professionals (ICPSP) on Saturday urged professionals in the public and corporate sectors to maintain high level of professionalism and accountability in their work places.
Dr Folashade Airebamien, President of the institute, made the call while delivering her speech at the 2021 National Conference and Induction of new members of the institute in Lagos.
The theme of the conference is “Institutions and Accountability: Taking Forward Unfinished National Agenda“.
Airebamien said that accountability and professionalism was part of the core mandate which members of the institute must uphold in their work places.
She noted that the institute’s members must be a powerful driver of change and also passionate about the nation and capacity building.
The institute’s president announced that 67 new members were inducted into Honorary Fellow, Fellow, Associate, Affiliate and Graduate Members of the institute.
“We are inducting 10 honorary fellows, 37 fellows, eight associates , one affiliate and 11 graduate members.
“I congratulate our inductees and urge them to uphold and guide the objectives and principles of our institute jealously to enable us to realise our mission and vision statements sooner than expected.
“It is expected that the new members would bring in their wealth of experience to promote the institute and be open for mentorship too,“ she added.
Airebamien explained that the rapid increase of the institutes’ membership strength was achieved through unrelenting hard work, improvement in professional practices and contribution to national development.
She stated that the theme of the conference was meant to address the concepts of Accountability, Transparency, Institutional Restructuring, Governance, Trust, Peace and Leadership, Transparency, Professionalism, among others.
According to her, the conference is geared to redefine and expose the participants to the strategy of accountability in line with best global practices.
She disclosed that the institute would hold its First International Conference in London between Nov. 24 and Nov. 28.
In his keynote lecture, Dr Tajudeen Yusuf, President, Institute of Islamic Finance Professionals Nigeria said that the key pillars of peace, good governance and strong institutions included accountability, participation, transparency, responsiveness, efficiency, equity and consensus.
Yusuf noted that Nigeria needed competent leaders who could build strong institutions for national development.
He said the strong institutions must checkmate their leaders for the betterment of all because we could not have one without the other.
“Institutions are crucial in any society because they help to structure social interaction by imposing value and consistency on human activities,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ICPSP is a non-profit membership and research organisation for corporate and public sector professionals.
The institute supports professionals whose daily effort impacts on people’s lives in ways that are felt far beyond the workplace, by helping to create better managers and leaders and in turn a better society. (NAN)