THE NEED FOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANT IN MINISTRIES A CASE STUDY OF KOGI STATE MINISTRIES OF FINANCE

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  • Pages:100
  • Methodology: Qualitative Method
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THE NEED FOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANT IN MINISTRIES
A CASE STUDY OF KOGI STATE MINISTRIES OF FINANCE
PROPOSAL

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the need for professional Accountant I the Civil Service with particular reference to the ministries.
To identify the roles of accountants in the ministries using the Kogi State ministries of finance as a case study.
To determine the need for adequate training towards professionalism in the Ministries, reasons for increase in labour turnover in the Ministries and suggested ways of reducing this.
The study covered six divisions of Kogi State Ministries if finance and made use of some accounting staff who performs direct accounting functions. Validated questionnaires were used in collecting data from respondents.
It was gathered that most people work in the finance division are people with little or no accounting, the few that are available are already making plans to leave for greener pasture to the private sectors.  
The study also highlight the need for adequate training of accounting staff since training was considered inadequate, from the survey carried out, training was actually confirm to be inadequate.TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER ONE
Introduction General Description of Study
Statement of Problems
Purpose
Significance of study
Choice of Study
Research Methodology
Scope of Study
Working Hypothesis
Data Analysis
Brief History of Study
CHAPTER TWO
LITERATURE REVIEW
The Need for Professional Accounting in Ministries
Public Sector Accounting System
Accounting Process in the Ministry
Public Finance and the Professional Accountant in the Civil Service
The Difference Between Private and Public Finance  
The Objective of Public Finance
The need for Adequate Training Towards Professionalism in the Ministries
Accountability in the Civil Service
CHAPTER THREE
RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY
Research Methodology
Research design and procedures
Identification of Publication
Sample size
CHAPTER FOUR
Data Analysis Research Finding
Question Analysis
Testing of Hypothesis
CHAPTER FIVE
Summary
Summary
Conclusion
Recommendation
Suggestion for further research  
CHAPTER ONE
INTRODUCTION
    Accounting is needed as a language of business be it international or locally, and it is present both with the public sector and the private individual sectors. Accounting does not only involve in the recording of transaction alone but also spread the analysis and interpretation of the results, it is also use for record and planing, control and decision making. Accounting has gone through many phases over the years, simple double entry method of bookkeeping, and government, costing and management accounting it has also recently spread its winds toward social accounting.
    The public sector is made up of the government agencies, parastatals and various institutions owned by government. Public sector accounting could be defined as the process of recording, communicating, summarizing, analyzing and also interpreting government funds, financial statement in aggregate and in details. Reflecting all level of transaction involving the receipt, custody and disbursement of government funds financial operation in the public sector are generally not directed towards raising sufficient revenue to meet the cost of the service that the government unit are called upon to render.
    Thus making profit may not be incidental to the operations it is not their main objectives. The financial activities of any government unit are usually regulated and controlled and also directed by law and is armed at determining the raising and allocation of their revenue as well as the specific purpose for which the revenue may be spent.
    Standard and procedures for handling receipt and disbursement and reporting for the government must confirm with the law. For instance the government accounting is governed by the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended in 1989 and 1999, the finance (control and management) act of 1958 section 3 the act also stated that “the Minister of finance shall supervise expenditure and finance of the federation as to ensure its finance control is maintained” the purpose for this is to provide information about an economic entity whether private and pubic firms.
1.2 STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
    the oil born has really transformed Nigeria finance expanded its economic opportunity and created needs and one of those needs is for the government to maintain up to date accounts.
    I wish to state here without prejudice that the roles allocated to Nigeria government accountant have been too narrow and that there are lack of finishing managers and professional accountants both in numbers and quality in the public sector.
    over the years the activities of government have been greatly expanded hence the need for professional accountant that will act as visit for the strengthening of the economy by way of proper keeping of records. Trained accountant are in short supply in the public sector since the government have not been able to train and even the trained ones are not retrained because of poor remuneration. Even the deputy accountant general of the federation admitted that there absence of professional accountants in the public sector.
    There is the urgent need to interest heavily in manpower development. The belief that money spent on training is wasted and time consuming is gone, because there is obvious call for professionals to take over the accounting record keeping of various department in the public sector.  
PURPOSE OF STUDY
Problem face by the public sector as regards the accounting recording keeping has been enumerated in the statement of problem. The purpose is to truly identify these problems and provide suggestion on how these problems could be solved. The overall objective of this study is to determine the need for professional accountant in the public sector especially in the ministry through the identification and description of the staff in account department in the ministry of finance, using Kogi State Ministry of  finance as a case study. Determine the need for adequate training toward professionalism in the ministry, the reasons for the increase in labour turnover in the ministries and ways of reducing it.
Again the research will focus on accountability in the civil service and factor that militate against accountability in the public sector.
SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
Despite its problem, the result of this study will be beneficial to all state ministries, top government administration and the general public at large. A study of this will prepare a comprehensive list of the ministry of finance. This hopefully will be of help to accountant having the intention of taking up appointment in the pre-service and in – service training needs of the accountants and the financial administrator in the civil service.
CHOICE OF STUDY
This topic is turn out of the fact that accounting records are not kept in the public service and the desire to identify the roles expected of accountants in the ministries. The knowledge of accounting acquired as an accounting student has actually informed this topic.
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
The research proposes the use of both primary and secondary approaches to carry out this project in order to obtain detected and comprehensive research. Personal approval or all interview will be conducted, carrying out of personal observation and make use of questionnaire needed will be directed to the following categories of people.
Accountant in the ministry of finance
Senior officer of the ministry
Accountant
Other personnel in the finance department of the same ministry, for secondary approach, the research intend to make use of some relevance books, journals, and official gazette and government publication.
SCOPES AND LIMITATION.
The research will be carried out within the Kogi State Ministry of finance. the research paper will be limited to the same ministry due to time constraint and cost involves.
WORKING HYPOTHESIS
That there is inadequate and incapable accounting manpower such as professional accountants in the ministries.
That if qualifies accountant are in the civil service it would enhance accountability and efficient management of public fund.
That there is lack of manpower training in the civil service and where training exists, it is inadequate.
That there is a problem of recruiting and retaining professional accountant in the ministry.
DATA ANALYSIS
Data collected from questionnaire would be coded and summarized in Master table. There would be presented in the report using appropriate frequencies distribution and contingency tables.  
TYPES OF DATA USED
Primary data collection
Secondary data collection.
PRIMARY DATA COLLECTION
Methods of collecting data directly from the organization of case study e.g. Kogi State Ministry of Finance (KMF) under this primary investigation, I was able to get all the necessary facts and figure from (KMF) before this project could be put together.
SECONDARY DATA COLLECTION
Methods of collecting data or fact from financial books, financial managemental tax.  
METHOD OF DATA COLLECTION
BEFACTO METHOD: this involves face to face interview between the interviewer and interview.
HISTORY OF THE CASE STUDY .
The Kogi State Ministry of Finance is a Department made of six main divisions.
Administration
Finance
Treasury
Internal revenue
Internal audit
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Department Accounting
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