Sale Of National Assets Should Be Nigeria Last Option – ICAN
Titus Soetan, the president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, has said that the sale of national oil assets should be Nigeria’s very last option out of recession.
Soetan made this suggestion while leading a delegation of the institute’s executives on a visit to the country’s finance minister, Kemi Adeosun in Abuja on Friday, September 30, 2016.
“As financial advisory is one of our roles, as professional accountants, we are most likely to recommend that sustainable policies including putting idle assets into effective use to generate revenue should be pursued,” Soetan said.
“This challenging economic situation in our country today requires sustainable policies to bring us back on our feet firmly. There is no doubt that the injection of extra liquidity will stimulate economic activities and lead to productivity.
“To this end, borrowing on the short time is advisable. We are of the view that the sale of the national assets should be considered as a last option after all alternatives have been considered.”
Soetan expressed support for Adeosun, saying her policy plan were on the right track to lead to economic recovery.
“Let me assure you that our institute is in support of your ministry’s effort and the government‘s efforts to fight corruption. We support the government’s implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA),the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information Systems (IPPIS), the International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS) and the creation of the Efficiency Unit, which you have brought to bear.
“We support all these measures among others. We believe you are on the right track and they are capable of taking the country out of the doldrums we find ourselves in now. Our view is that these initiatives call for constant evaluation to appraise their effectiveness and reshaping their operations as well.”
In her response,the minister welcomed the president and his team. she said – “as professionals, we are taught to be prudent and to be transparent and also to have a lot of accountability and that, in itself, means we have to deal with things which many people will be evading, but we are not going to evade the truth because we know if we do we are only postponing the evil day.”
“We are working with a mission. That mission is driven by the realization that this economy has to grow. And to achieve the desired growth, we have to invest and spend our money wisely.
“To attain our goal, we have to do two things. First is to increase the revenue that is available and secondly, redirect expenditure from wasteful things and from corruption into actually growing the economy. This is why we are implementing initiatives that address these impediments and improve control.”
Speaking on the resolve to focus on capital projects, the minister disclosed that over N700 billion in capital has been released for projects all over the country.