Mrs. Nnaji in light green attire with governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia to her left.
Story by Dili Utomi.
The Shell hall of the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Centre was jam-packed and bursting at the seams as the investiture of Mrs. Nwamara Catherine Nnaji as the President of the Society of Women Accountants in Nigeria along with other executive members took place there on Wednesday, the 15th of September.
The governor of Abia State Chief Okezie Ikpeazu was at the event as the special guest of honour with a representative of the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu also in attendance as well as other high profile dignitaries.
The governor making a speech.
Mrs. Nnaji who was installed as the tenth national president of the Association said in a chat with newsmen that she hopes by this achievement to encourage the girl child to aspire to choose any profession that she cherishes and become what she dreams for herself especially the accounting profession. She said that women being prudent managers can through accountancy help our country in managing carefully her resources especially now that there is so much corruption within the system. Quoting Mrs. Nnaji she said ” We believe that if women are in charge of affairs, the spate of corrupt practices would not be as bad as it is right now and so we encourage women to go on and become chartered accountants”.
The cake cutting ceremony at the occasion.
Mrs. Nnaji said that she wants her two year tenure to be remembered for helping women to become empowered, go into entrepreneurship and thereby create jobs for others. She also asked government to give women more opportunities to hold political offices by making the conditions less stringent and that forms for political positions should be less expensive.
The event witnessed the launching of the Paragon magazine as well as the announcement of scholarship awards to meriting individual women.
Teeming crowd at the event.
The climax of the occasion saw the Abia State governor mounting the rostrum to give a few words of advice and encouraged to the new president and indeed all the members of the new executive as well as others gathered in the hall. In his speech the governor said ” I know that accountants are known all over the world for being so careful in carrying out their functions and it is even more so when a woman is the accountant”. He continued, “I want to use this opportunity to thank God for the great things that He has been doing in the life of Nwamara as she indeed is one of the finest from the South Eastern part of the country”. The governor said that the role of women in the accountancy profession is one that we should all encourage if we really want things to turn around for us as a nation.
Mrs. Nnaji in light green attire in a group photograph.
The governor reiterated as earlier spoken by Mrs. Nnaji in her acceptance speech that there is no short cut to success, you must be willing to burn the midnight candle and also put in the time deliberately and consistently in order to achieve your desired objectives.
The governor congratulated the women for the smooth hand over from the old to the new executive in a convivial and friendly manner as he hoped that politicians would learn a great lesson from this example. He noted that Mrs. Nnaji has been the assistant secretary, general secretary, second vice president, first vice president and now the president of the association and has also learned the ropes, though he chipped in that holding a leadership position could be very daunting. He advised the new president to be her level-headed self as she is quite capable of doing a good job. He ended the speech with an advice sent to him by his last daughter which is also a quote from Brittney Dawn, it says ” Noah did not stop building the ark to explain to everyone who hated him, or who doubted him, he kept building because he new that the rain would speak for him. So keep building Madam, for the rain will speak for you”. He concluded.
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