The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria has called on all assessors and coordinators to be impartial in assessing all the states.

In a statement on Wednesday, the 59th President of the institute, Dr Innocent Okwuosa, made the call in Ikeja, Lagos State, during the opening ceremony of the training of the 2022/2023 ICAN Accountability Index for assessors and coordinators.

He said that local and international organisations including, the World Bank, the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability, and the International Federation of Accountants among others, had already endorsed the ICAN-Artificial Intelligence.

“We are therefore encouraged that the ICAN-AI objectives are gradually being achieved,” he stated.

Okwuosa said the institute was proud of its acknowledged role in entrenching accountability and transparency in public finance management through its AI.

He said, “One modest achievement is reflected in the increase in the average percentage of citizens’ access to information from 28 per cent in 2017 to 53 per cent in 2021. This gives us the impetus to persist in our determination to instill a culture of accountability and transparency across the various sectors of the nation’s economy.”

According to him, the institute was optimistic that the AI framework would one day, be embraced as a unified tool for tracking and improving public sector governance in the African continent.

The Chairman of the ICAN-AI Technical Subcommittee Mr Oladele Oladipo, said, “Accountability is not merely a word; it is the cornerstone upon which the very foundations of our democracy rest. The principle ensures those in positions of power answer to the people they serve.”

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