By peter oluka
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Nigeria, has entered into partnership with Sage Africa, a renowned multinational enterprise software company with dynamic solutions for payroll, HR, ERP, payments & more.
Founded in 1904, ACCA is regarded as the largest and fastest-growing international accountancy body with over 490,000 students and members in 185 countries.
Speaking in an interview at Sage-ACCA Continuing Professional Development (CPA), event held at Wheatbaker, Lagos State, on Tuesday, the Head of ACCA, Nigeria, Mr. Tom Isibor, describes, as massive, the benefits derivable by ACCA members under the partnership.
His comments: “The benefit to members is massive. Like I said earlier, five years ago, we started a research which clearly shows what the accounting of the future should be, what competencies, behaviours, skills do you need to have to be able to distinguish ourselves from other profession and make ACCA as a preferred qualification.
“The basic is digitalisation. Sage is a global powerhouse in terms of building and delivering accounting software and solutions. This partnership is important to our members. We believe they can give us that perfect solution we have been looking; also fill the skills gaps of our members, make them more work ready and more preferred accountants in the market. Thus, it is all about building capabilities, capacity for our members.
For instance, the Sage University promises to give us access to up our skills. We also look forward to this platform supporting our student-members and others searching for places for industrial (training) attachments.
“The other opportunity which is also very big to me, is giving back the society in terms of what the Sage community believes in; the corporate social responsibility (CSR) is huge. I also see an opportunity that ACCA and Sage can exploit on. In this environment, there is so much to give back to the society. So, we are just at the door-step”.
Speaking on the choice of Sage, he says: “If you are choosing a partner, you must have similar DNA. That is the critical element for me and for us in the Nigerian office, to have an organisation that shares our values, professional in its approaches and on ethical grounds.
“If you look at Sage’s story, it has been around for 36 years. Look at the business turnover, the number of countries they operate and the very customer-centric. They provide solutions that solve critical accounting needs”.