Accounting Firms Must Respond To Societal Expectations, Says Grant Thorton Boss

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Akin Akande, Abuja

The Executive Chairman of Grant Thornton, Nigeria, Peter Orizu has said that the only key to surviving the threat to extinction of individual accountants, firms and the profession is rapid response to societal expectations.

He stressed that accountants and accounting firms must become knowledge seeking professionals, eclectically coalescing information, knowledge and talents, innovating to serve society better.

Orizu spoke in Abuja at the occasion of rebranding of Grant Thornton where Spiropoulos, Adiele, Okpara and Co (Chattered Accountants) were rebranded into one of the leading global accounting firms.

According to him, the Nigerian professional service market is becoming complex, requiring deep insights saying ” meeting the needs of modern managers in business and government will convince the market that the accounting profession is able to maintain unique position to serve the society”.

By joining, the Grant Thorthon, Orizu said his firm and team of professionals would employ and develop Nigerian youths to global standards that defy all the dysfunctional stereotypes about being a Nigerian.

“In Nigeria we will grow the Grant Thorthon brand to fulfil our social responsibility of growing our community for prosperity.

We will contribute to making Nigeria a high trust society once again and the destination of choice for foreign investment.

We want to assure the Nigerian market that our rebranding is not a mere window dressing. It is a reality for progress, it is a quest for excellence, it is a request for partnership with the Nigerian society for change,” he said.