About Us

Our History

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) was established by Act of Parliament No. 15 of 1965 to regulate and set standards for the Accounting profession in Nigeria. With over 51,000 chartered Accountants since its establishment, ICAN has played a leading role in the West African sub-region resulting in the formation of Association of Accounting Bodies in West Africa (ABWA). For effective coordination of social and professional activities of its members who are all over the world, ICAN currently has 59 District Societies within and outside of Nigeria including the UK, USA, Canada, Malaysia, and Cameroon. ICAN is an active and formidable member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and maintains a reciprocal relationship with a host of other accounting bodies around the world.

Our Vision

To be a leading global Professional district society.

Who We Are

An Eminent Research and Innovation District Society

Our Mission

To produce world-class Chartered Accountants, regulate and continually enhance their ethical standards and technical competence in the public interest.

The ICAN Malaysia District Society Background

The ICAN Malaysia District Society was proclaimed as an eminent research district society by the 53rd President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, Mallam Isma'ila Muhammadu Zakari mni, FBR, FCA during the District's inauguration on 4 January 2018 at UUM EDC Hotel and Resorts, Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria Malaysia District Society held the first Program (a combination of professional and academic conferences) of its kind in Asia between the 18th and 21st of February 2019 in Langkawi Island, Kedah, Malaysia, under the supervision and management of the 54th President, Alhaji Razak Jaiyeola, BSc, ACFE, CRISC, FCA. 

To extend the recognition and tentacle of the Institute for Asia continent, the members residing and pursuing academic activities in Malaysia deem it fit to establish a District Society of the Institute according to the Bye-Law of Institute’s District Societies. This excellent idea and initiative were conceptualised and brought to light by the Asst. Prof. Dr. Oluwatoyin Muse Johnson Popoola, FCA, CFA of the Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accounting (TISSA-UUM), College of Business, University Utara Malaysia (UUM). His idea was based on the initial effort of Prof Dr. Kabiru Isa Dandago, FNIM, MNES, FCA (a visiting lecturer to UUM, 2012 -2014) who proposed ICAN having a collaboration with UUM.Prof. Dr. Dandago and Asst. Prof. Dr. Popoola pursued the mission of the collaboration, which led to an ICAN letter of proposal to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding on 31 July 2013 and the subsequent visit of the Presidential team of ICAN led by the Vice President, Mr. Chidi Ajaegbu, FCA to UUM.

Consequent upon the interaction of the ICAN delegate with Management of the TISSA-UUM, the process of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was agreed upon, and Prof Dr. Dandago and Dr. Popoola were appointed by the Institute as its Representatives and Liaison officers in UUM. The President, Alhaji Kabir Alkali Mohammed, mni, FCIS, CGMA, FCA in his President’s statement at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria 2013 Annual Report and Financial Statements (ARFS, 2013; p.16) reported and confirmed the process of signing an MoU with UUM.

As a complement to the above, Dr Popoola convened a maiden meeting on 6 April 2016 at the Sultanah Bahiyah Library, UUM with the following members in attendance: Dr. Oluwatoyin Muse Johnson Popoola, Mrs. Rachael Oluyemisi Arowolo, Mr. Abdulazeez Adewuyi AbdurRaheem, Mr. Aliu Olanrewaju Atanda,  Mr. Oyewumi Hassan Kehinde, Mr. Osazuwa Nosahhare, Mr Odewale Robert Waidi, Mr. Abubakar Umar Farouk, Mr. Usman Bello, Mr. Salau AbdulMalik, Mr Sani Adamu, Mr. Naziru Sulieman, Mr. Adamu Idris Adamu, Mr. Mohammad Adamu, Mr. Lateef Saheed Ademola, Mr. Philip Jehu, Mr. Ishaq Ahmed Mohammed, Mr. Isa Usman Gwoza, and Mrs. Ale Omowunmi Ruth.  The rationale behind the formation of the District Society is to harness ICAN members not only in Malaysia but also in the Asia continent. The District also aims to conduct Accounting conferences, workshops, seminars, induction for new members residing in Asia, professional training for ICAN students, and avail the opportunity of ICAN students doing ICAN examination in Malaysia.

Through the formation process, the District was sponsored by the ICAN Canada District Society. In January 2017, the UUM communicated its consent to serve as the Liaison Office of ICAN-Malaysia District Society and the appointment of Dr. Oluwatoyin Muse Johnson Popoola as the Liaison Officer of the District Society, while the establishment of ICAN Malaysia District Society was approved by the Council of ICAN in March 2017 as the first District Society in Asia. The inauguration of the District, under the leadership and chairmanship of Dr Popoola, will come up soon. The District has its office in the Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accounting (TISSA-UUM), College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

Contact Person

Dr. Oluwatoyin Muse Johnson Popoola, JP, PhD, MBA, PGDAF, HDipl, RPA, Member INSOL International, AM(M), CFA, FCTI, FCA
ICBR Conference Board 2023
Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz School of Accountancy
UUM College of Business
Universiti Utara Malaysia
06010 UUM Sintok
E-mail: [email protected];
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Tel: +6016 435 4874

Our Partners

Salihin Group Malaysia,
Joint Minds International (JMI) Nigeria,
Association of Public Sector Accounting Educators (APSAE) Indonesia,
Univerisit Tecknologi MARA (UiTM) Malaysia,
Universitas Terbuka Indonesia, 
Universitas Pembangunan National Jawa Timur (UPN VJT) Indonesia,
Universitas Trilogi (UT) Jakarta, Indonesia,
Universitas Negeri Surabaya (UNESA) Indonesia,
Universitas Bengkulu Indonesia,
Universitas Mataram Indonesia,
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Malaysia