BAKER TILLY Liberia (formerly VOSCON) is continuing to strengthen its position as a premier provider of professional accountancy services in Liberia. This development is not accidental; it comes with being a full member firm of Baker Tilly International, one of the world’s leading accountancy networks.
The firm’s steady gains in the area of human resource capacity is evidenced by the ongoing recruitment of professionals from the sub region to merge with local staffers. This strategy is a conscious effort to lay a strong foundation for the firm’s future growth, and its ability to drive key initiatives, such as Liberia’s transition from Local Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
In line with this strategic objective, Baker Tilly Liberia has recently augmented its technical depth by adding three top-notch professionals to its roster of client-service personnel. In an interview with the three professionals, the common thread of adding value and generating useful insights for the firm’s clients, was stressed.
Brian Onesimus Conteh who holds a Bachelor’s Degree and has completed the qualifying exams of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the UK, brings to the job, wide ranging experience in audit and assurance. Brian worked as a Senior Accountant with the multinational firm KPMG in Sierra Leone, from where he was seconded to Nigeria. He returned to Freetown and worked in industry with Redcoat Logistics as Finance Manager, with a string of subsidiaries under his watch. He has previously been involved in auditing most of the leading banks in Sierra Leone as well as various government parastatals, including the Sierra Leone Roads Authority and Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation.
Conteh, who joined Baker Tilly Liberia as a Senior Staff Auditor, has recently been elevated to the level of Assistant Manager, and is poised to contribute to the adoption of financial reporting best practices by the firm’s clients.
Conteh says: “there is the international standard of audit reports which all countries are to abide by, but Liberia is just now adopting that … I am trained in that reporting format and will help to transmit that to our clients…”
The youngest amongst the three recruits, Samuel Mensah, was born in Monrovia to parents of Liberian and Ghanaian heritage. Having completed his qualifying examinations as a Chartered Accountant, Sam is still savoring his newfound accomplishment. Responding to a question for this article, Mensah evinced a body language that carried an air of panache, laced with humility. Mensah asserts that “motivating young Liberians and dispelling the notion that the Chartered Accountant professional examination is not passable is what I look forward to bringing to the industry.”
“If I can do it , I believe many here can do it. I am going to disabuse the minds of people who believe that it is impossible to write the exams and pass them …”
In addition to the Chartered Accounting qualification, Mensah has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Coast.
Nigerian-born Michael A. Aiyegbo has won a role at Baker Tilly Liberia as a Senior Staff Auditor. After acquiring a Higher National Diploma from Yaba College of Technology in 1992, Aiyegbo passed the ACCA exams in 2011. He is also a member of the Association of Corporate Project Accountants in the United Kingdom.
The new Senior Staff Auditor at Baker Tilly Liberia had been plying his trade in The Gambia, where he worked with a professional firm as a Chartered Accountant and Management Consultant.
Michael is also an experienced trainer, having served for five years as Director of Finance and Studies at Success Professional Tutors, a learning institution that trains candidates for professional accounting examinations.
Aiyegbo, who is upbeat about adding value to Baker Tilly Liberia and the accountancy profession in general, stated humbly that “I look forward to continuous learning at Baker Tilly Liberia, where I see happiness and a sense of diligent service amongst the workforce.”
In continuing efforts to devlop the human resources capacity of the firm, Baker Tilly Liberia is currently sponsoring its Assistant Manager, Olandor Boyce, who is currently in the United States of America pursuing the CPA qualification of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
The human capacity expansion of Liberia’s leading accountancy firm holds immense promise for the profession in general and the aspirations of young accountants who wish to pursue a career in professional services. Without doubt, the firm’s efforts contribute significantly to the building of competence and integrity in the accounting industry, two key factors that help to attract direct foreign investment into Liberia.
Baker Tilly International is a leading global network of high quality, independent firms that provide accounting, assurance, tax and specialist business advice to privately held businesses and public interest entities. Baker Tilly Liberia is the independent member firm of Baker Tilly International in Liberia. The firm’s executive team is led by George Fonderson, MBA, CPA, CA, CISA, it Executive Chairman and Theo. Joseph, MS, MBA, CPA, CFE, its Managing Partner.