The President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Prof. Francis Ojaide, says Nigeria is bedevilled corruption because the economy is cash-driven.
Ojaide, who is the 47th President of ICAN, made the assertion in Uyo yesterday, while addressing newsmen as part of his tour of Uyo District of the institute.
“If we must be among the top 20 economies in the world by the Year 2020, Nigeria cannot run away from being a cashless economy.
“It will eradicate corruption and help build confidence for international trade relationship”.
“It will eliminate armed robbery in the country,” he said.
Ojaide said that corruption was endemic in the country because people moved a lot of cash around.
Ojaide, who said that he was in Uyo to interact with members of ICAN, urged Nigerians and the government to respect hard work and honesty.
“Nothing good comes easy, success is not picked on the ground. Success is surrounded by thorns, lions and mountains. Nigeria must work hard and compete with other nations of the world, if we really want to be a force to reckon with,” he said.
The ICAN boss condemned the attitude of desperate Nigerians who were bent on getting things through fraudulent means.
Ojaide advised employers of labour to engage the services of professional accountants in order to keep their businesses as going concern.
In his remarks, the Akwa Ibom State Council Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr Joe Effiong, commended ICAN for inculcating discipline in their members.
He urged Nigerians to emulate the leadership succession style in ICAN, which he said, was always smooth and peaceful.