COVID-19 lockdown : AFAR trains 750 professionals in Forensic Accounting, Fraud Examination – Oyedokun

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By Ibiyemi Mathew

The Global President of Association of Forensic Accounting Reserchers (AFAR), Prof. Godwin Oyedokun has announced training of 750 professionals during the 5 weeks of COVID-19 lockdown by the association.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari recently announced lockdown in Lagos,Ogun and Federal Capital Territory due to the rising cases of COVID-19 infection and risks attached. This directive forced many businesses and organizations to shut down office operations and move their operations virtually.

AFAR is an Association of Forensic Accounting Researchers which own a College of Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination. As a Forensic Accounting Research/Professional body, they have equally engaged in training of both their members and non-members virtually. The association has been able to train people of like minds in the path of forensic research and practice.

Speaking with Nigerian NewsDirect, AFAR Global President stated that, “the idea of the training was to productively engage Nigeria professionals and students during the lockdown so as to give back to the society as part of what we gained from same.”

This CSR initiative of AFAR according to him is also, to support the Lockdown policy of the Government so as to keep people at home, keep them safe, reduce domestic violent, develop professional minds, prevent brain drain and also teach new skills in this field of concern.

The President noted that the intensive training programme on Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination was provided free to participants.

He added that the value of the free training is estimated at N385,000 with materials made available to the participants.

Oyedokun explained that over 1,200 individuals indicated interest in the training programne but only 758 of them were able to cope and finish the training programme. He highlighted that the training programme received participants from African countries as they received the information on social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter

Speaking further, he said,”there were other category of participants that only joined the class for education and professional development. They are not bound to do all test and assignment but only for their development.”

Prof. Muhammad Mainoma, who is the AFAR Governing Council Chairman added, “We were able to achieve this by creating e-learning platforms and special purpose social media to reinforced and stimulate teaching and learning experience.”

“We taught for a minimum of 2 hours per day for 5 weeks of the lockdown, provided assignments that will further engage participants for at least 1 hour per day with weekly class projects and community services.

Oyedokun explained that Class participation was graded and in all, for a participant to be said to be successful, such must have a cumulative of 75 per cent pass grade in all graded assessments.”

The Vice President Membership Sevices, Dr. Titilayo Fowokan stated that “We mentored interested participants on real live and professional issues that will make them function well in their respective offices and AFAR through her college issued certificate of Competency for all successful candidates,” she assured.