It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the Department of Accounting, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina. Since the Department commenced academic activities, it has recorded a modest achievement largely due to high level of commitment displayed by its staff. At present, the Department offers only a B.Sc Accounting Degree programme.
Over the years, we strive to entrench an enabling academic environment by monitoring and reviewing policies and programmes with a view to ensuring that the academic environment remains lively and stimulating and that staff and students derive maximum satisfaction from working and studying in the Department. We provide good support to our students’ right from their day one in this University up to their graduation. For example, the students have direct access to their coordinators/course advisors and receive statement of result at the end of each semester. In addition, the Department has established a Committee for Students Development (CSD) which performs a variety of tasks including guidance and counseling.
The academic staff of the Department have interest in a number of important areas such as International Accounting, Social and Environmental Accounting, Financial Markets, Corporate Governance, Oil and Gas Accounting, Taxation and Tax Management, Management Accounting and Auditing and Investigations. These versatile mixes of research interests amongst our staff mean that we have a very vibrant atmosphere within the Department which is both scholarly and challenging. Further, many of our staff belongs to a number of professional bodies within and outside the country.
Professor Junaidu Muhammad
Acting Head of Department
Brief History of the Department
The Department of Accounting is under the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences (FSMS). The Department was created as a full-fledged Department in September 2012 following the dedicated efforts of the Katsina State Government and the then Vice Chancellor of the University in furtherance to the State’s strategic goal of creating additional opportunities for university education to the teaming youth of the State and its neighboring communities.
The Department has a total number of fifteen (15) fulltime and visiting academic staff who engage in research and teaching in a wide variety of areas covering accounting, finance, auditing, taxation, quantitative techniques, treasury and cash management and management information system, etc. The Department enjoys the active participation of some very hardworking academics from departments of Business Administration, Economics, English & and the faculty of Law, who facilitate some specialized course units in its programmes.
The Department is currently enjoying the recognition and respect of other relevant professional bodies, such as the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants (ICMA), the Institute of Treasury Management (ITM), the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Nigeria (ICPAN) among others. We envisage that our future products will gain membership into these professional bodies either by passing their qualifying examinations or by direct membership.
In our quest to achieve continuous growth and establish national pre-eminence in our core activities which include scholarly performance, high academic research, linkages with sister departments in Nigerian universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, three major standing committees are operational. They are Committee on Accounting Research and Education (CARE); Committee on Academic and Professional Linkages (CAPL); and Committee on Students Development (CSD).
Over the years, we have recorded modest achievements in terms of staff development and training and student performance evaluations. We have three tenure staff on foreign training (one on a Ph.D programme and the other two on M.Sc programme) at Malaysia. The recent performance evaluation of our students indicates about 8% are comfortably defending first class in the second year of the 4 years programme. Even though the department is very young at the moment, there are good indications of promising potentials for success in the future.
Our philosophy is to lead in the generation of new knowledge and accounting scholarship in the 21st Century.
The programme aims to facilitate the production of result-oriented middle class managers and professionals for both the industry and government who, through the training and skills they would acquire, would be able to make significant contribution towards the economic, political and social development of Nigeria.
Other specific objectives include:
- To create competent manpower in the accounting area of specialization that would meet international standard both professionally and academically.
- To help the products of the Department to qualify in all relevant professional examinations within relatively short period of time.
- To establish beneficial linkages, both locally and internationally, with academic and professional institutions/bodies that would help in broadening the capabilities, competence and exposure of the products of the Department.
- To become one of the leading Accounting Departments in Nigeria in the near future.
- To facilitate and acquire the examination/training status of a number of professional bodies, particularly the ACCA in the Northern part of Nigeria.