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1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY:
Corruption and looting of public treasury is a major problem in the public sector
accounting. Report from office of statistics Lagos show that our accounting records
are balanced in arrears and our financial records are hardly balanced daily, weekly,
quarterly, half-yearly and yearly basis as appropriate. This was evidenced by Chief
Olusegun Obasanjo during his first maiden address to the nation immediately he
was sworn-in as the President of the federal republic of Nigeria on the 29th day of
May 1999. He stressed that accountability, probity and transparency has suffered a
lot set-back especially in the civil service. He therefore suggested that some of the
best ways to eliminate this ill in the Nigerian public service are;
The effective use of public accounts;
The use of effective legislation;
The effective implementation of government policies programs;
The effective use of auditors of the federal republic of Nigeria among
He therefore concluded by saying “when we consider how the public accounting
and auditing can grow and develop, we are concerned not only with helping the
public accountant or the auditor fill their position, but also with helping the whole
economy and the organizational structure grow and develop” (Obasanjo). The
concept should therefore make it wise for us to look more closely at the
relationship between Nigeria and other countries of the world. And for Nigeria to
be recognized as a corrupt-free economy, the accounting profession must be in a
position to balance the financial records of the federal government daily, weekly,
monthly, quarterly, half yearly or yearly basis. This is because members of the
public and the international community want to see results, see the economy grow
and the professions produce the final output.
The same goes for other facts of the economy as indicated above.
The military system of administration should be thrown to the winds as we have
evolved democracy like other developed countries of the world such as United
State of America, United Kingdom etc. It was in an attempt to analyze the import
of the president‟s address on the 29th May, 1999 that this topic, “the impact of
accountant in the implementation of accountability, probity and transparency in the
federal civil service” comes to mind.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEMS:
1. Financial records do not reflect the true and fair view of the accounting
records due to the corrupt society.
2. Budgets are never reviewed in time and derivations are not investigated to
ensure prompt remedial action which will re direct and re orientates plans
towards budgeted levels.
3. The threat to the continual production of qualified accountants who will
replace other retrieving hands. The system forms a number of factors like
inadequate infrastructures e.g. training materials, library facilities‟
computers etc. necessary for programs thereby leading to a very poor and
unrealistic remuneration paid to the practicing accountant in form of salary.
4. Funds are not judiciously expended for the purposes they were outlined for.
5. Another shortcoming is the quota system in the federal services; the quota
system has introduced mediocre and unethical practices in the accounting
profession in a bid to fill in vacant positions in the federal civil services.
1.3 THE OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
i. To examine the financial records if it shows a true and fair view
ii. To analyze or investigate the budget before they are passed on
iii. To know whether the distribution of funds and resources are judiciously
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
1. Has accountants help to review the financial statement if shows a true and
2. Do accountants help in analyzing the budgets before they are passed on
3. Do accountants help in ensuring that the distribution of finds and resources
are judiciously expended.
Ho: accountants do not help to review the financial statement to show a true
and fair view
Hi: accountants help to review the financial statement to show a true and fair
Ho: Accountants do not help in analyzing the budget before they are passed on
Hi: accountants help in analyzing the budget before they are passed on
1.6 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
This study will be of immense help to the policy makers in the federal civil service
of Nigeria who will be able to know and assert the adequate role of the public
accountant in the service with a view to showing up the programs of
accountability, probity and transparency of the present administration.
“Nigeria” for the purpose of this paper means” the Federal Republic of Nigeria
including any area outside the territorial waters of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
which in accordance with international law has been or may hereafter be
designated under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria concerning the
continental shelf, as an area within which the rights of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria with respect to the sea-bed and subsoil and their natural resources may be
exercised.” Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999).
The policy makers should see the public accountants as playing the role of a coach
who exposes the skills and tactics and allows the players to play the game. This is
because in everything an individual or a group of individuals in varying
professions, do, there is a reason and purpose. For example, in a private
organization this reason or purpose is referred to as an objective or goal. Therefore,
government (public service) whose realm of operation is popularly referred to as
the public sector has as its objective the governance of her people. This implies the
tremendous responsibility to resources and allocates same towards fostering
economic growth and improving the standard of living of the citizens of the nation.
Again government is empowered by the laws of the land (constitution) to engage in
contractual arrangements for the purpose of increasing the resources available to
her in order to meet the requirements of governance, since it holds the wealth of
her nation in trust for that nation. To this extent, the government of a nation owes
her citizens the duty to account for the stewardship in the effective disposition of
the resources entrusted to her (This is accountability).
For the government or the public sector to discharge her responsibility or
stewardship effectively, there is the need to maintain proper records of the value of
all programs, activities and services, synthesize and analyze the effect of
government financial transaction, classify, summarize and communicate such
information for purposes of future decision-making or assessment of performance.
1.7 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
For the purpose of this study, the ways of improving the influence of accountants
in the office of the accountant general for the federation (OAGF) as well as the
influence of accountants in the implementation of best practice in government
organization will be a focused point in this study.
1.8 LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY
The limitations involved in the course of this research included hostility and
non-cooperation on the part of some of the respondents, and also the constraint of
time was a limiting factor in the course of writing this work.