The 204 Inaugural Lecture: A CALL FOR PARADIGM SHIFT IN ACCOUNTING PROFFESSION

The 204 Inaugural Lecture: A CALL FOR PARADIGM SHIFT IN ACCOUNTING PROFFESSION

204 TH INAUGURAL LECTURE SERIES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
BENIN BY PROFESSOR CHINWUBA OKAFOR, PROFESSOR
OF ACCOUNTING AND STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT,
TITLED: MENTORNG, TEAMWORK, RECONCILLATION
MODELS AND ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS. A CALL
FOR PARADIGM SHIFT IN ACCOUNTING PROFFESSION AND
NIGERIA

The event was held on the 2nd of August 2018 at the Akin Deko
Auditorium and was graced by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. F.F.O
Orumwense, DVC Academics, DVC Ekenwan Campus, Bursar, Registrar,
Deans of various faculties, Dean of students, Provosts, directors,
members of council, Academics Staffs, Non- Teaching Staffs, students,
family, friends and relations.

The opening speech was given by the V.C who introduced the Professor of
the day. Prof. Okafor was born on the 17 th April 1958. He is happily
married with three (3) children. The Prof. noted that he has completed
his missionary journey and the second is ongoing, to be completed
when he is 70 years of age. He therefore went ahead to list out the
accounting models. He defined mentoring as a relationship between a
mentee (younger) and a mentor (older). He also mentioned that human
resources are the most valuable assets of an organization. He quoted a
verse in the bible; Ecclesiastics 3 vs 5 to show that younger generations
are next in line to take on as it will get to their time.
He thereafter went ahead to list some attributes of teamwork which
includes common value, common purpose, common plans, obvious
leadership, continuous evaluation and appraisals. The crowd was
amazed as he used bible stories to explain what teamwork is. He noted
that teamwork helps achieve ones goals. He therefore enlightened the crowd that unlike other courses or studies like physics and chemistry,
accounting always derives different answers to questions proffered. He
defined an accountant as a trained capitalist.

The venue was packed full as students trooped in to learn more about the models of accounting. He enjoined the guests not to be afraid to mentor others as in the
process you gain more knowledge. The lecture therefore ended with
the Prof. being decorated by the VC amidst his immediate family.

 

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