The Role Of Accounting In The Control Of Private And Public Sectors Of The Nigerian Economy (a Comparative Study Of Udo Dili Umu Ibe Coy And Phcn)

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       In recent times, private and public organizations in Nigeria have been faced with cases of financial crises, which have resulted in most of the organizations going into extension. Those who are the able to survive more are in a guile pace. Obviously, the causes of financial crises in our private and public sectors have been attributed to be unrecognized in nature and total negligence of the roles of accounting in our private and public organizations.       This research work will look the role of accounting in the control of private and public sectors in Nigeria. It will try to analyzed the implication of applying the accounting principles in our private and organizations and then look at how these principles confined he operating of the public and private sector of the organization in Nigeria.     On the cause of writing this project study, extensive efforts will be made to find out some of the problems. Our factors militating against the appropriate application of accounting principles and which invariably causes managers to neglect the role of accounting in the control of private and public organization in Nigeria.     Consequently, upon this recommendations will be suggested in how or the steps that will be taken to eradicated this setbacks and deficiency in the systems.    In a bid to achieve a meaningful/research study work this research will review related literature on the role of accounting in the control of private and public sectors in Nigeria Oral interview will also be conducted with the managers on heads of some selected private and public organizations in Nigeria.    Other supplementary instruments are data collected from journals, magazines, questionnaire and existing textbooks. All these data collected will be analyzed critically and descriptive with the aid of table in research work.


Title page…                                                  i

Certification                             ...                   ii

Approval page                                                     iii

Dedication                                                   iv

Acknowledgement                                         v

Abstract                                                   vii

Table of content                                             ix



1.1      Background of study                                    1

1.2      Statement of problems …                              9

1.3      Research objectives and purpose                       9

1.4      Research questions                                      10

1.5      Hypothesis …                                          11

1.6      Significance of the study                                     12

1.7      Scope and limitations of the study …                   13

1.8      Definition of term …                                          14

Reference …                                            15


Literature review

2.1  Historical development of accounting in Nigeria…       22

2.2  The nature of accounting principles …                  26

2.3  Types of accounting principles …                       28

2.4  Factors affecting accounting principles …                       33

2.5  The role of accounting in the control of public sector of the Nigeria economy…     ...                                   35

2.6  The role of accounting in the control of private           sectors ……                 … ……                        41

2.7      The Role Accounting Played in the Control of Private Sector in Nigerian Economy…                         45

       Reference …                   … ……                    47



3.1  Research Design …                                    49


3.2  Area of study …                     … ……               50

3.3 Sources of Data…                    … ……            51     

3.4 Population of the study ……               … ……          51

3.5  Sample size determination…            … ……          52

3.6  Research instrument…                                  53

3.7  Method of data Analysis…                             53

3.8  Reliability of Data …                                          54



4.1  Data Presentation and Analysis …                      56

4.2  Testing the Hypothesis …                                      71

References                                                   77



5.1  Summary of Findings …                                78

5.2  Conclusion …                                           81

5.2  Recommendation                                       83

5.5  Suggestions Further Study              … ……          86

Bibliography ……                                        87

Appendix …                                             89

       Questionnaires                                          90






       In most developing countries Nigeria, government’s participation in economic activity is usually significant. One of the ways through which the government has intervened in the Nigeria economy is through the establishment of public enterprises. Public enterprises are statutory bodies operating services of an economic or social character or both on behalf of the government.

       Since the colonial era, especially after independence in 1960, Nigeria public enterprises have witnessed a steady growth until recently. As Olise (1988: 133) puts it, beginning as a twinkle in the period between the era of the second world war and Nigeria attainment of independence, and the creation of public co-operation has risen to flood level since independence and has maintained a steady growth.

       The rationales behind the establishment of public enterprises in Nigeria are many. Some of the reasons include: generating revenue that would add to available national capital for the support of development an welfare programmes, making it impossible for important profitable enterprise to be controlled by a few individuals or group; organizing certain critical activities for national survival and economic stability and providing employment opportunities (Ademotecum 1983)2

       However, after a long period of growing start, intervention in the Nigeria economy through public enterprises, the mid 1980’s.

Onward has sometimes been dramatic in public opinion and public policy. This has been brought by the persistent losses which state enterprises has been running over the years. Consequently, there has been a willingness to look at the alternative policy strategies for the achievement of economic developments. At the fore front of these strategies in the minimization of the role of state in the economy including privatization of public enterprises.

       In Nigeria, public enterprises are engaged in a whole spectrum of economic activities including agriculture, mining, construction, manufacturing, commerce and other services.

       The classifications of public enterprises in Nigeria have been made according to a variety of criteria and by different authority. The public service review commission (1975:101) classified public sector into:

(a)       Public utilities

(b)      Regulatory or service body

(c)       Financial institution

(d)      Commercial and industrial enterprises.

Being a mixed economy, individuals, also own and operate enterprises. A firm is classified a private enterprises when it is founded and managed by an individual and or a group of individuals. These firms are expected to be registered in the local government within which they operate.

       The rational for the establishment of private enterprises are numerous just like the establishment of public enterprises. They include among others, provision of employment opportunities, generating income for the owners of the enterprises, government is also interested in profit performance of the enterprises which determines the fax liability of the firm, moreover, the general public are concerned with the sense of social responsibility which the business exhibits to the environment in which it is located and its willingness to contribute to the upliftment of the environment.

       The activities of the public and private enterprises have been on the increase in recent times, which necessitated the introduction of the accounting practices to check and monitor the financial activities of these enterprises. In his book titled, “principles of Accounting, 3 image (1985 defines accounting as a process by which data relating to the economic activities of an organization are measured, recorded and communicated to interested parties for analysis and interpretation.

       The earliest method of accounting in Nigeria was the use of money to record the amount of agricultural commodities like yams, cassava and livestock, which passed from one person to another. The historical development of modern accounting practices has been closely related to the economic development of the country. As business organization grows in size and complexity, management and outsides become more clearly different from the outside group, which includes owners of the firm (stock holders), creditors, government employers and the general public.

       This differentiate the need to have accounting departments in the enterprises to give accurate financial information to use in judging the performance of the management and to satisfy the outside demands of the general public who are already interested on whether the enterprise is growing or not.

       The role of accounting in the public and private enterprises in Nigeria is primarily to ensure accurate accountability in these sectors and present fine financial position of the enterprises. The role is of utmost important in any organization. An organization can only grow or make profit when its resources are well managed. And resources can only be well managed when the accounting departments of the organization give an accurate financial information to know how much the enterprise is having. It is only when, this is done, that the firm allocate its resources and knows what is to be done.

       The role of accounting seems to be more pronounced in the public enterprises. In recent time, there are cases of in appropriation of funds in the public enterprises and improper accountability. These factors have led to a lot of public enterprises going into oblivion. If the government has recognized the role of accounting all these causes should not have arise. No enterprise can move forward without having a well organized financial department to give accurate financial information about the firm.


       Udo Dili Umu Ibe Company is a company charged with overall responsibility of formulating and implementing effective and efficient transportation policies essential for the economic, social and political development of the Nigeria economy. The company is under the leadership of Chief John Mamah who as its managing director, has the general responsibility for the assignment of corporate objectives and management of the resources of the company. Another key officer or the Chief Accountant Mr. Christian Eze. The company started in the year 1980 and has being into existence till date.



1. Engr. Felix Okoh        180-1985

2. Mr. Victor O. Ugwu    1985-1990

3. Mr. Kema Chikwe       1990-1994

4. Dr. Ifeanyi Ikeh         1994-1997

5. Hon. Dan. Okeke1997-2000

       In order to achieve its set objectives the company is organized into five (5) departments as stated below:


1. Personnel management

2. Finance and supply

3. Planning, research and statistics

4. Transport co-ordination and inspectorate.


Obviously, every private and public enterprises in Nigeria have their accounting departments. And there are increasing cases of financial mismanagement in visually all the public and private organizations in Nigeria. The problem of this study lies on how the managers of the enterprises are able to recognize the role of accounting in their sectors so that these case of improper accountability will be minimized or if possible total eradication in our society.


       The purpose of this research work is to find out the role of accounting in the control of private and public sectors in Nigeria with reference to UDO DILI UMU IBE COMPANY AND NEPA.

1.         To determine the extent to which accounting generally affects the economic activities of the private and public sectors in Nigeria.

2.         To examine how managers adequately and efficiently apply the role of accounting in their organizations.


1.          Has accounting principles has any control over public and private sectors in Nigeria economy?

2.          What training method can improve the manager’s skill, knowledge and experience such that high concentration will be given to the accounting control in private and public sector?

3.          What will be done so that there will be perfect accountability in the accounting section of any organization?

4.          What type of accounting standard or technique will be applied to see to the maintenance of accuracy in the accounting control of public and private sectors in Nigerian economy?

5.          How will managers of the enterprises are able to recognize the role of accounting in their sectors so that these cases of improper accountability will be minimized or eradicated.


       For the purpose of this study, following hypothesis are used:

Hypothesis (1)

Ho – The role of accounting in the control of public and private sections is independent on both sectors.

Hi – The role of accounting in the control of public and private sectors is dependant on both sectors.

Hypothesis (2)

Ho – accounting control of public and private sectors has affects to the economic activities in both sectors of the economy.

Hi – Accounting control of public and private sectors has not affects to the economic activities on both sector of the economy.


In this study, the researcher has set out to examine the role of accounting in the control of private and public sectors in this country Nigeria mostly concerned with Udo Dili Umu Ibe Company and NEPA with highlights of the inherent problems encountered in the accounting departments of most organizations. It is expected that this work will be of interest to the owners of business enterprises, the government and the public.

To shareholders, owners of the enterprises, interested persons and the government, this study is expected to kindly their interest the more and they will take note of various recommendation mentioned here and help steer the management team towards forming a sound accounting departments which would enable organizations to present an accurate financial information of the firm.

This study will also help to serve as literature to individuals or corporate bodies who want to carry out further research on the role of accounting in the private and public sectors in Nigeria.


       The research topic suggests a study on the role of accounting in the public and private enterprises in Nigeria. The scope of this study will focus at companies, private companies and a sole proprietorship; a case study will feature for UDO DILI UMU IBE COMPANY AND PHCN.


       The following terms were used for the purpose of this study.

Public Sector:Is that sector of the economy established and operated by the government or, its agencies, distinguishable from the private sector, and organized on behalf of the whole citizens.

Private Sector: This is that sector of economy established and operated by individual. Its agencies are totally different from public sector.

Accounting: Is the composite activity of collecting, analyzing, recording, summarizing, reporting and interpreting the through financial position or transaction of any organizations or government units.

Oblivion:This is a state of forgetting or being quite forgotten, i.e. to show that if any organization fail to give proper accountability of the financial position it will then be forgotten


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