By Rukayat Moisemhe
The newly elected President, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN), Mr Taiwo Owokalade , says his administration is committed to steering the institute further to achieve it’s mandated objectives via a 12-point agenda.
Owokalade made the assertion at the 28th public investiture of the Institute in Lagos.
Owokalade said some of the 12 point agenda include aggressive membership growth, pragmatic industry growth, digitalisation of operations, rebranding, name change, building infrastructure, among others.
He added that his administration’s drive for the future would be hinged on the ‘uncommon courage, refreshing opportunities’ mantra.
“We are in a new world of refreshing opportunities and shall embark on a strategic rebranding to position us appropriately in the committee of professionals, not only in Nigeria, but also internationally where we rightly belong.
“Our founding fathers have done so much to take us to where we are.
“And, we need to do much more by not only building on their achievements but creating new opportunities, exploring and exploiting same, with uncommon courage.
“This is the period to showcase our landmark achievers in order to make them realise that their services are not in vain and we shall incentivise this process as a reward mechanism.
“I have put my hands on the plows and there is no looking back and I know that the expectations are very high but with God and you all, the task shall be achieved,” he said.
Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman, Director-General, National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), described Owokalade’s election as a demonstration of confidence in his leadership capability.
This, he said, was hinged on his excellent performances over the years not only academically but also professionally as evidenced in his stellar career and numerous achievements.
“I am confident that you will bring your wealth of experience to bear on your new role as you guide ICSAN towards achieving its mission to promote and advance the efficient administration of commerce and industry in the public and private sector.”
The NILDS D-G noted that a main factor hampering the development of Nigeria is the lack of capacity to deal with contemporary complexities of governance.
He stated that to effectively address the challenges of underdevelopment and rising levels of poverty in the country, investments in infrastructure and competitiveness must go hand in hand with investments in people.
“Emerging lessons from Nigeria’s response to the coronavirus pandemic point to the need to transform models of government operations and service delivery.
“ICSAN has a major role to play in this regard and I challenge you to contribute to building strong and virile public and private sector institutions as means to achieving inclusive and sustainable development,” he said.
He restated the NILDS’s commitment to partnering ICSAN in the development of corporate governance in Nigeria, especially in public sector institutions, including the legislature.
Also, Mr Bode Ayeku, immediate Past President, ICSAN, said his administration recorded progress in aggressive membership drive, scale up benefits for members, and explored new opportunities for its members.
“As promised, we expanded our partnership with the print and electronic media which remarkably increased the visibility of ICSAN and had very successful engagements with the regulatory authorities.
“Based on the very positive comments from the key stakeholders on our media engagements and interactive sessions with the regulatory authorities on topical issues, these areas of our programmes gave our institute the highest mileage and visibility.
“It is of great joy that the personal sacrifices I have made are yielding positive returns to ICSAN and its stakeholders.
“I thank you all and encourage you to continue to spread the gospel of good governance, which is what Nigeria needs to become a great country,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the ICSAN’s 28th President is also a Managing Partner of Owokalade and Co.
He sits on the Board of Dunbell Securities LTD, Trust wealth LTD, Al- Deroyal Agro Services link up courier and logistics LTD and Al-Deroyal Realtors. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)