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THE ROLE OF INDEPENDENT AUDITORS IN ENSURING PUBLIC SECTOR ACCOUNTABILITY IN ENUGU STATE (A STUDY OF SELECTED AUDIT FIRMS AND MINISTRIES IN ENUGU STATE)



ABSTRACT

 

This research work is aimed at evaluating the role of independent auditors in ensuring public accountability in Enugu State with particular reference to some selected audit firms and state ministries in Enugu metropolis, this work examined the following: The role of independent auditor on public account ability in Enugu State. The problems and challenges faced by the independent auditors in ensuring public accountability in Enugu State. Data for the study was sourced from two main sources which include Primary and Secondary sources of data collection. Primary data: Questionnaires and oral interviews were used to collect information from the respondents. Secondary data: Journals, magazine and other relevant materials relating to the area of my investigation will be review. Extensive literature review was carried out on direct literature and indirect literature on books, journals and past works. The research instrument used in this study includes oral interview and questionnaire. The questionnaire is structural as to contain both close and open ended question. Simple tables, pie-charts and percentages were used in treatment of data while chi-square was used in the research work. The researcher found out that independent auditor has significant role to play in the development of Enugu State Ministries. Based on the findings I recommend that Client should allow the auditors to exercise his independent, free from bias and compromise in the discharge of his duties. All government establishments should as a matter of urgency embark on yearly auditing of their books and records and fraud early.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Title page                                                              ii

 

Certification Page                                                    iii

 

 

 

Dedication                                                             iv

 

 

 

Acknowledgment                                                    v

 

Abstract                                                                vii

 

Table of contents                                                    viii

 

CHAPTER ONE

 

INTRODUCTION                                          

 

1.1  Background of study                                        1

 

1.2  Statement of problem                                      7

 

1.3  Objectives of study                                                 8

 

1.4 Research Questions                                          9

 

1.5 Research hypothesis                                          10

 

1.6 Significance of study                                          11

 

 

 

1.7  Scope and limitation of the study                       12

 

 

 

1.8 Definition of terms                                            14

 

CHAPTER TWO

 

REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE

 

2.1  Historical Background of Auditing in Enugu State  15

 

2.2  Local Literature of Practicing Accountants           17

 

2.3  History and Development of Audit                      24

 

2.4      History of Accounting Practice                                  25

 

2.5      The Independence Auditor and Companies

 

and Allied Matter Act (CAMA) 1990                        32

 

2.6      What Does it take to Become an Independent

 

Auditor                                                              39

 

References

 

CHAPTER THREE

 

RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY

 

3.1  Research Design                                              47

 

3.2  Source of Data                                                       48

 

 

 

3.3  population and sample size determination           50

 

3.4 method of investigation                                     58

 

References

 

CHAPTER FOUR

 

PRESENTATION AND INTERPRETATION OF DATA   4.1. Data presentation and analysis                                  61

 

4.2  Hypothesis Testing                                           72

 

CHAPTER FIVE

 

SUMMARY OF FINDINGS, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS

 

5.1  Summary of Findings                                       80

 

5.2  Conclusion                                                      81

 

5.3  Recommendations                                           82

 

Bibliography

 

Appendix I

 

Appendix II

 

CHAPTER ONE

 

INTRODUCTION

 

 

 

1.1     BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY

 

In an economy where resources abound, funds are being disbursed for the government to effectively carry out its assignments. Since a lot of public funds are being disbursed for government assignment it calls for accounting that is of the receipts and disbursements of these funds. The accountants in these units perform these assignments by preparing the profit and loss accounts and also balance sheet showing the state of affairs of the years in reviews.

 

It is important to note that inspite of the accountant and the internal auditors (who serves as the custodian of financial resources and watch-dog respectively). There are still reports of large scale fraud in most of there government unit. The organization had to be addressed and it also needs various attentions Again, it is the requirement of law that the financial activities of the state should be subjected to audit section 83 (2) of the 1989 constitution states that the public accounts of the federal and state government shall be audited by the auditor-General of any person authorized on his behave shall have access to all book records, return and other documents relating to his accounts. Also some of government institutions has public influence like government companies allowing interesting members of the public to own a share.

 

Section 148 (2) of companies and Allied Matters Act of 190 states that a companies must be audited these people who has interests need to know about the operations of these companies through, the instance of audited reports. So, in the view of the above and also for the state government to maintain an effective financial base in the system. The role independent auditors in Enugu State cannot be over-emphasized the need for indigent bias free examination of the financial records books and accounts of Enugu State by an auditors is not only a matter of compliance with the law but also a means of protecting detecting and correcting of errors and frauds.

 

An audit has been defined by many authors such as: According to Clive an Attwood 1999 auditing is an examination by the auditor of a balance sheet and profit and loss account prepared by other so as to be able to express his opinion that such a balance sheet and profit and loss account have been properly drawn up to show a true and fair view of the state of affair and of the particular concern and comply with the relevant states.

 

According to Bigg (2001), an audit is an examination of the books, account and voucher of any business, as will enable the auditor to satisfy himself that the balance sheet is properly drawn up so as to the a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the business according to the best of his information and explanations given to him and as shown by the books and if not in what respects he is not satisfied.

 

Sontochi (2001) defined audit as an examination and evaluation of the authenticity and therefore the reliability of an organization business documents and records it also involves making inquires to ascertain that financial statements on which the auditor is reporting and which have been prepared form the records display a true and fair view of state of affairs at the years end.

 

The auditing standard and guideline define audit as the independent examination of the financial statement of any enterprise by an appointment auditor in pursuance of that appointment and in compliance with any relevant statement obligation from all these definition given above, an auditor is one whose job is to examine the records of a business in order to be able to give an opinion on the state of affairs of the business at a particular time. He may also examine the records of non-trading organization. Club sets for the same purpose. He may also perform specialized investigation work when asked to do so by proprietor of business or by court.

 

It can be seen from the above definitions that the auditor is presented with the account and balance sheet himself, his role is to complete and audit work.

 

In the course of his work, if the auditor notice any form of inefficiency and weakness in the working system he has to bring such matters to the notice of the client or his staff. Here, he is doing the sense that since as the auditor, it is his duty to advocate certain methods of working. But never the less, with his still and experience, the auditor can be most helpful to these by whom he is engaged but any accounting work he does must always be considered a part from the audit. Auditing of public funds entrusted to him. Auditing in that sense serves as deterrent to public officers and those in fiduciary.

 

1.2     STATEMENT OF PROBLEMS

 

In stating the problems, it is divided into two main problems:

 

Major problem

 

Sub problem

 

MAJOR PROBLEM:

 

Since this study loitered towards ascertaining the role of independent auditors in Enugu state, attempted to find out whether independent auditors roles affect the economy of the state in resent time.

 

SUB PROBLEM:

 

1.  The problem of liabilities, remuneration and removal of independent auditors.

 

2.  The problem encounter by the auditors, in the course of their audit work.

 

3.  The duties, rights and powers of the auditors.

 

4.  The ascertainment of history and development of audit.

 

5.  The problem of quality consideration in the appointment of auditors.

 

1.3     OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY

 

The aim of this research work is to evaluate the role of independent auditors in ensuring public accountability in Enugu State with particular reference to some selected audit firms and state ministries in Enugu metropolis, the specific of objective of this project work includes:

 

1.  To determine the role of independent auditors in the development of Enugu State ministries.

 

2.  To determine the role of independent auditor on public account ability in Enugu State.

 

3.  To examine the problems and challenges faced by the independent auditors in ensuring public accountability in Enugu State.


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