CIMA Lauds Covenant’s Accounting Academics, Students as It Honours Vice-Chancellor
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has commended the high level of professionalism exhibited by both the faculty and students of the Department of Accounting, Covenant University.
While speaking during a courtesy visit to Covenant Management on Friday, May 3, 2019, the Associate Director, Nigeria, Management Accounting, CIMA, Ijeoma Anadozie, said that CIMA has not had any cause to regret going into partnership with Covenant, as undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University had consistently excelled in the institute’s professional certification examination, which further affirmed the quality of the academic curriculum of the Department of Accounting in Covenant.
Anadozie said Covenant’s Accounting students were part of the very few benefiting from the A-Star programme of CIMA, which was crucial in getting them to become global players in the community of global accountants. “The A-Star category of CIMA is a platform for guiding your students on the path to joining an elite group of global business leaders,” she added.
The A-Star category, she stated, was not open to every university, but to only universities and institutions of the world listed in Tier-1 category, and the success rate of accounting students from Covenant had validated the University’s Tier-1 status in global ranking.
The team from CIMA used the occasion to announce the success of Professor Bukola Uwuigbe and Professor Uwaloma Uwuigbe, both of the Department of Accounting, in becoming the second and third professors in Nigeria to have successfully navigated the academic route of the CIMA programme towards fulfilling career potential globally.
In her remark, Professor Bukola Uwuigbe appreciated God for a successful certification programme and the spousal support she enjoyed all through the preparation period. She appreciated CIMA for being part of activities of the Department of Accounting by showing interest in promoting professionalism in upcoming accountants. She noted that globalization has made it imperative that professionalism itself be improved upon.
On his part, Professor Uwaloma Uwuigbe appealed to the Covenant Management to collaborate with CIMA at the Management level towards having an examination centre for the institute in the University, thereby creating more visibility for the Covenant brand amongst accounting professionals.
The Head, Department of Accounting, Dr. Dorcas Adetula was delighted that the feat came with her at the helms of affairs in the Department. She told the gathering that the Department of Accounting, as currently exists in Covenant, has an array of qualified and certified professionals in diverse professional bodies regulating the accounting profession. She stated the Department’s readiness to work with CIMA to shape professional accountants in Nigeria.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Akan Williams, commended the Uwuigbes for their feats, and CIMA for driving the relationship with Covenant to fruition. Reminiscing on his time as Director, Academic Planning Unit of the University, Professor Williams noted that students of the Accounting Department had consistently performed well both in internal and external examinations, and had produced some of the overall best graduating students in the University at recent graduation ceremonies.
The CIMA Team chose the occasion to bestow upon the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant, Professor AAA. Atayero, an award of excellence for good leadership and innovative research in Covenant’s visionary drive towards Vision 10:2022, which had already positioned the University among the top 10 universities in Africa.
While presenting the award, Ijeoma Anadozie said CIMA had observed with great interest the meteoric rise of Covenant, not just from the accounting professional perspective but in the immense contribution being made to the world of knowledge.
Professor Atayero, who appreciated the award from CIMA, averred that the University’s focus on the attainment of the vision of becoming one of the top 10 universities in the world in a few years’ time had made it mandatory for all Units, Departments and Managerial Organs of the University to constantly work at improving processes.
He noted that part of the vision would be the establishment of an ultra-modern ICT auditorium by this time next year, which would accommodate 2,500 computer systems, the largest ICT training facility in Nigeria.
The Vice-Chancellor commended Professors Bukola and Uwaloma Uwuigbe for their dedication and tenacity in pursuit of professionalism, and for showcasing the quality of Covenant academics to the world. “Despite your achievements and attainments in the academic circle, you still chose to pursue professionalism. This is what distinguished our professors from others,” he enthused.