(Public Administration)

This research work was designed to see the role of auditing in controlling fraud in government Establishment with Idah Local Government Area of Kogi State as a case study, data for this study was collected from two major source, the primary and secondary sources of data collection. The primary sources was the use of questionnaire and the secondary sources was the use of texts books and journals. The data collected was analyzed using table and percentages to interpret data. Based on the findings it was discovered that Audit plays effective and efficient role in the control of fraud in government establishment which help in improving their performance of such organization and it were concluded that  Auditors should be allowed to carry out their duties freely in public organizations which will enhance much progress in government establishment.
1.1    Background of the Study
For a long time now Nigeria have been witnessing a down turn in her development efforts. This primary cause of this down has been linked with the in or definite ambition of the average Nigeria to get rich quick at the expense of less privilege ones. Those who a seen themselves as being opportunity to control government establishment use the opportunity to perpetrate fraud or misappropriate public funds and properties.
Our law makers have seen the need for acceptable accountability by making a provision for the federal and state government to report on the account of stewardship rendered by these public officers.
Section 126 (1) the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria 199.States that there shall be an audit general for each state who shall be appointed in accordance with the provision of section 126 of the constitution”.
Section (2) says that the public account of a state and of all offices and courts of the state shall be audited by the auditor general for the state”.
This study focused attention how well or otherwise the government audit department conduct it activities in response to section 125 of 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.
1.2     Statement of the Problem
Public embezzlement always create a consciousness on the part of the supervisory authorities as to the quality and degree of protective management in government
1.                  Lack of understanding of the purpose of auditing among the society in general.
2.                  Lack of a well defined goal oriented policies aimed at building up a strong and sound financial system.
3.                  Inherent weakness in the existing. Administrative arrangement for government establishment accounting function.
4.                  Improper supervision of overall officers under the authority  entrusted with the receipts expenditure of public money.
Inability of the government establishment maintain a sound system of internal control.
1.3       Objective of the Study
The specific purpose which the project is design to achiever are:
1.                  To find out roles played by the audit department in protection of public finds.
2.                  To  provide a system of financial accountability which will promote proper stewardship of assets deter wastes dishonesty and extravagancy and promote effectiveness at reasonable costs.
3.                   To ensure efficient financial administration through system of internal control  and management information.
4.                  To determine the extent to which fraud misappropriation and embezzlement of public funds have persisted in public services.
5.                  To find out the delays in carrying out audit of account of government establishment.
1.4      Significant of the Study.
It is expected that the result of this study will help improve financial reporting by government establishment providing annual reports in accordance with the requirement of audit acts, 1990.
The significant of the study to society in general is to correct the wrong notion of the society in general is to correct the wrong notion of the wealth of government which contrary to realty is usually. Regarded in position could cut his own share at will and get away with it.
To the government is ensuing the standard that down in the ministry manual of responsibilities and procedure are maintained
To the auditor to pin point to them the risk that confronts the auditors in the excretes of his duties the legal action that could be taken against the auditor she/he deficit in this duty.
The study sure as a quiet for future quern mental policy formulation on auditing guideline to government establishment.
Finally, it is expected that this study will serve as a work of reference to future researchers.
1.5    Scope and Limitation of the Studies
Time constraints: The researcher as a student also engaged in other activities which limited the time.
Used for the project the research was deeply affected by the shortness of time as a result of the short semester being ran by the  school. The semester coupled with dash of programme of the school and there is no special time given for proper investigation are the constraints which left the researcher with little or no time to carry out this project.
Scope: Due to the vastness of the areas to be covered by the researcher, the researcher found it very difficult  to obtain information from each of thesis areas. For instance there are many firms dealing with auditing and investigation and for the fact that it is very difficult for one to gather information or data from each of these firm one being a student was compelled to unit his study to federal pay office Enugu.
Lack of Statistical Information:
Facts were not easy to come about during the course of this project work. Even where the facts are available they were either out dated or the authorities concerned refused to bring it out or are subject necessary protocols. At the expense of my limited time before they were male available.
Financial Constraints:
 The researcher lacked the necessary finance to carryout extensive research on this topic:
Non –Responses:
Inadequate responses such as some ministries when interviewed defined responses and unable to help due to internal problem like staff of local government audit department of Enugu state.
The bureaucracy in government establishment has made it very difficult for researcher to obtain research information.
Most Nigeria dislike activities that appear to be probing them, they tend to avoid researchers because they gilt their activities which are not meant for public consumption would be exposed through research work.
1.5    Research Question
The following research question were formulated by the researcher for the conduct of this project.
1.    What  aspect of the accounts government policies  hinders effective and efficient  auditing  of account government establishment
2.    How can government establishment supervise the expenditure of government taking care that no payment  were made which is not covered by proper authority.
3.     To what extent do fraud effect economic development of the country.
4.     What measures showed be taken to ensure that objective of auditing are achieved in government establishment.
1.6     Statement of Hypothesis
H o: The audit does not play effective and efficient role in the control of fraud in government establishment.
Hi: The auditor play effective and efficient role in the control poof fraud in government establishment.


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