The Accountant General of Sierra Leone last Friday urged students of the Accounting and Finance Department in the Institute of Advanced Management and Technology (IAMTECH) to uphold the ethics and values of the profession. Delivering a lecture on the topic, "Accountability, Ethics and Values in the Public Service - A Financial Management Perspective" at the inauguration of executive members of the Association of Accounting Students (AAS), Kebbe Koroma stated that ethics and values are the bases of accounting, adding that transparency and accountability are still lacking in the country. He urged the students to be steadfast and to continue to perform well in their studies as according to him, without the ethics and values of the profession, it will be difficult for them to achieve the desired success. "It is important that you understand the work of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, especially that of the Accountant General," he said. According to Mr. Koroma , it is only a transparent and accountable people of integrity that are capable of pushing the country forward. He catalogued what the Finance Ministry and his department do, while commending the Association for according him the opportunity to educate them on what they should know about the accounting profession. Head of Accounting and Finance Department at IAMTECH, Abu Bakarr Turay , explained that the Association came into existence in 2004 with the aim of fostering unity and brotherhood among accounting students as a symbol of unification. He said the formation of the group paved the way for other departments to set up their own associations, while reminding the incoming executive to be mindful of the fact that their predecessors had performed with distinction in getting the Association to where it is presently. In his maiden speech, the Association's President, Vincent Jabbie Momoh , thanked his colleagues for according him the opportunity to serve them and assured of his determination to continue to improve on the good work of his predecessor.
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