The Society of Woman Accountants of Nigeria (SWAN) has inaugurated its Jos chapter with a charge to impact lives of members and the public through quality programmes.
SWAN National Chairperson, Mrs Nwamara Nnaji, who inaugurated chapter on Saturday evening, said that Jos is the 18th chapter of the society in the country.
Nnaji said that SWAN was established to assist the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) to attend to soft issues and not core areas.
According to her, SWAN concerns itself with issues relating to the development of women and the girl-child.
The national chairperson pointed out that for the 44 years of SWAN existence, the society had recorded some notable achievements.
She stated that SWAN brought thousands of girls into the accounting profession and gave scholarships to indigent students.
“We have given many young women requisite skills for financial independence.
“We have also been providing succour to the sick, the disabled, the elderly and the motherless children,” she said.
Nnaji said that they have been following the activities of Jos chapter of SWAN and urged them not to relent.
She urged the newly inaugurated officials to embark on laudable projects to give back to the society.
“Work hard to bring on board women accountants who have not joined SWAN.
“You must assist the handicapped in the society and ensure that you carry every member along.
“You must know that SWAN work is not for monetary reward but it is a selfless service,” she said.
The newly inaugurated Chairperson of SWAN Jos Chapter, Mrs Loretta Takon said that the journey of chapter started in 2014 with just seven members.
Takon said that the membership was discouraging but they remained resolute and the chapter was finally inaugurated with 29 members.
“We had very little financial support but we are not deterred.
“Please permit me to mention here that we have projects lined up for this year and will be glad if we have continuous support from you all to achieve our goals.
“Our proposed projects for these year among others include Catch Them Young programme slated for two secondary schools in Plateau.
“Visit and donation of food, clothing and toiletries to an orphanage in Jos, Plateau and entreprenureship lecture to youth organisation in Jos,” she said.
In his remarks, Dr Bernard Alkali, ICAN Jos and District Society, said that women have been the live wire of the district.
Alkahi said that the district would not succeed without the female accountants, giving their ability to multi-task.
Also, Mrs Helen Temtsen, Chairperson of the Inauguration Organising Committee, said that the journey that started 10 years ago, culminated into the inauguration of the chapter.
Temtsen thanked everyone that stood by the chapter to ensure that the feat was achieved.
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