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THE ROLE OF AUDITORS IN A DEPRESSED ECONOMY (A CASE STUDY OF SELECTED BANKS)
In the 60’s especially before the civil war in Nigeria cash crops from Agricultural sectors mining and a few others provide much of the foreign exchange earnings. In this period 70 percent (70%) of the nation’s labour price was on agriculture and this contributed to about 70 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) this contribution of agriculture to GSP saw a decline in the agricultural sector led the nation into important of food this means a compete reverse in trend of averts.
However the decline is attributable to the over dependence of the economy on oil revenue in the 70’s and early 80’s this was know as the era of oil boom. When the oil gut of the 80’3 hit the world, the revenue according to the government declined sharply and this revenue declining continued despite all efforts made by successive government to diversify the sources of revenue. This era was known as the oil-boom in Nigeria. This oil boom compelled many individuals company. Small-scale industrial large scale and many corporate organizations to either completely close down their operations or reduce their operations to about one- third or less of their capacity. There is a great pressure in the industrial sectors to develop new strategies if they are to remain in business. One sector of the economy that portrayed an interesting scenario was the banking industry. The economy today is bad that saving has become difficult for majority of the populace that the things those who can afford to see want to hear of is economic depress. It has therefore become necessary to study the whole phenomenon of depress as to ascertain empirical evidence of its causes and proper solutions.
Our intention is that the efficiency of auditing system particularly in a developing economy like ours depends on the extent to which auditors role is effectively and efficiently discharged in terms of the achievement of economic goals of the country. But when the auditors role is not properly discharged in terms of achieving the economic goals this will definitely lead a nation into “economic depression” An economy can be seeing as any specified collection linter-related set of marketed and non- marketed productive activities (LIPSEY 1983). This the Nigeria economy could refer to all such economic activities taking place in the geographical domain of Nigeria or all such economic activities perform that activity (parkin1982) Nigeria economy can be structurally be classified into four (4) such as;
– General commerce
According to Guttered Haberler “economic depression” is a decline in economic activity on order of magnitude of the depressions of the inert war period and earlier. In every major inflation government deficits have been blame as a prime sources of the trouble as well as the auditors. Austerity programs prescribed by the international monetary fund (IMF) for trouble countries that ask the fund for help invariably include provisions for fiscal discipline according to (Sach 1979) the proximate cause of the recession were two;
– The rise in oil prices and;
– The strong emphasis on disinflation of the monetary authorities in most major industries countries.
Therefore auditors role in depressed economy cannot been over emphasized as we know auditors are those whose duty is to conscientiously and objectively examine inquires into any statement of accounts and other documents and the physical assets where possible in order to assertion or form an opinion. An auditor has to play a role in preparing their report to carry out investigations as may enable them to form an opinion. They have to state in their report if in their opinion proper companies not visited by them have received returns. Again it shall be auditor’s duty to include in their report if the requirements of parts V and Vi of schedule and part I to iii of schedule 4 of the decree are not complied with in the accounts. Finally it shall be the auditors duty to consider whether the information given in the director’s report in respect of the year for which the accounts are prepared are consistent with those accounts and of they are of the opinion that it is not they shall state the fact in their report. Therefore in a depress economy the role of auditors should be intensified and they should put more effort order to help to revamp the economy.
1.1 PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
The main aim of this study is stated below as follows;
The purpose of this study is to find solutions to the problems surrounding the positive roles the auditors can offer towards our economic situation, which is depressed.
1.2 STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
Inspite of the roles played by the auditors in Nigerian economy there has not been improvement in the Nigerian economy. Nigerian has been experiencing micro and macro economic problems. A lot of depression in the economy and auditors has been auditing the economy without observing the problems banks. Manufacturing companies private companies public companies etc. have been experiencing until when prudential guideline in 1991 by the central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was introduced that people started noticing that many banks private companies public companies etc. had been distressed. This auditor was observing all these problem because of management problems that impair them from excreting their independence very well. One of the auditing concepts is independence but one normally find out that it is not always applicable in practice because auditors are not always allowed to exercise their fiduciary function very well. Economic depression connotes a condition where the while economic system has negative capital and current profit which are insufficient to cover losses such to an intent that the economy is no longer able to generate internally positive capital. Depression in economics shows the extent of our nation’s economic and political decay.
1.3 SIGNIFICANT OF THE STUDY
The establishment chosen to a case study will benefit immensely from the work in that a full analysis of the work have been done and lapses exposed. The banking management would benefit because their problems at last to a reasonable extent will be addressed. One the problem is identified there will be a way of solving this problem. It will be beneficial to investors who might not be opportune to critically view some document either because of lack of time so by mere glancing into this work will find out whether to invest or not. The general public will also benefit from it be reading the economic trend existing in our country. This research therefore recognized the fact the depression in an economy will lead to macro- economic instability and that probably auditors too have a role to play. It is hoped that this research will identify the various factors causing depression that had litter to been ineffectively controlled so that more attention can be paid to them. It is also hoped that this study will be of help to the students in management science especially in Accountancy department because it will give them an insight into the various roles of auditors in a depressed economy like ours.
1.4 STATEMENT OF HYPOTHESIS
For the purpose of this research the following hypotheses are to be tested;
H0: Auditors have not adhere to the statutory rules and regulations laid down For them in the course of doing their work.
H0: The auditor personnel are not given the necessary co-operation by Workers
H1: The auditor personnel are given the necessary co-operation by Workers
H0: the department (internal audit department) has not been able to play its role in the protection of the company’s assets misappropriation and embezzlement of funds
H1: the department (internal audit department) has been able to play its role in the protection of the company’s assets misappropriation and embezzlement of funds
1.5 SCOPE/ LIMITATION OF STUDY
This study will cover the causes of depression in an economy and the extent to which these causes are being addressed. The roles of auditor are also to be examined. The role auditors play the problem hindering their efficiency are also determined and recommendations are made to make them more efficient The period under review is restricted to 14 years that is 1990-2004.these periods are considered to be very important periods in the history of Nigeria because of a lot of crises going on in Nigeria, which causes a lot of instability both socially politically and economically. During this period is a high rate of advance free fraud 419. Annulment of election drug addict recession or depression the privatization programme and the various types of fiscal and monetary policies in Nigeria. The phenomenon of economic depression has never been studies before in institute of management and technology Enugu being a pioneer of the study I encountered the problem of’
– Organizing sources of data
– Collection of materials
– Review of previous works done by colleagues
– Financial problem
Which makes it quit difficult for the work. An attempt is also made bearing in made the time constraints problem of transportation form my school to Awka Oweri Oniitsha and even within Enugu where chartered accountant firms central bank of Nigeria (CBN) office and banks were situation as a result of inadequate fund the resistance of some banks workers who prefer not to comment on the issue of distress and lack of vital information required. Also the major barrier was that most of the staff were out of reach because of the nature of the jobs thereby making it difficult for the researcher to get at them when needed.
1.6 DEFINITION OF TERM
Below are the definition of various terms used in this research work
– Depression: Depression is a sever down turn in economic activity that lasts for several years. Real out put declines during this period by a significant amount and unemployment rate rises to 30% or more. In depression prices of goods and services rises without a corresponding output which leads to inflation
– Recession: Is a decline in real out put (CNP) that lasts for six months or more? It is an economic problem, which shows the economic system.
– Gross national product (GNP): This is the total market value of all production during a specified period usually one years
– Gross domestic product (GDP): This is defined as an addition of the value added in every productive enterprise or unit in the economy is equal to the total production. This occurs in the economy over a period usually one year.
– Deregulation: This is the opposite of regulation a situation where the federal government is not very sticks with her policies measure but allows the market forces to determine the exchange rate the interest and lending rate in the banking industry
– Privatization: This is defined by oxford advanced learners dictionary as the act of transfer from state control or ownership to private ownership.
– Diversification: This means varying the range of product investment etc. in order to be more competitive or reduce risk.
– FRN; Federal republic of Nigeria
– Scenario: This means the imagined sequence of future events.
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