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AUDITING AS AN INSTRUMENT FOR ORGANISATIONAL SUCCESS

ABSTRACT

          Auditing is continually changing and developing to meet the needs of the business environment it serves. The role of auditing towards organisational success have attracted comment on the front pages of national newspapers, rather than in just the financial pages have even led on occasion to question and statement in parliament.

          This coverage has not always been good news for the auditing profession, but it does indicate a heightened awareness in society of the potential importance of what auditors do. It also reflects the way in which auditing practice and the activities of audit firms have developed and expanded business especially Anamco Ltd. Enugu.

While at one time auditing was generally regarded as a procedural activity involving the application of mechanical techniques, there is now greater realisation that both the purpose an the execution of an audit are far from simple matters.     In view of the above fact the study was designed to examine Auditing as an instrument for organisational success in Anamco Ltd. Enugu. In the course of the research oral interview and questionnaire were adopted as the main instruments for collecting data for the study. The data collected were tabulated, analyzed and interpreted. From the analysis some revelations were made. Base on the revelations some recommendations were made to eliminate or ameliorate Audit department of the corporation.

TABLE OF CONTENT

Title Page                                                                       II

Approval Page                                                              III

Acknowledgement                                                                   IV

Abstract                                                                         VII

Table of Content                                                            IX

          CHAPTER ONE

1.0 Introduction                                                            1

1.1 Statement of Problem                                              3

1.2 Purpose of the Study                                                        4

1.3 Significance of the Study                                         4

1.4 Statement of Hypotheses                                        4

1.5 Scope of the Study                                                  5

1.6 Limitation of the Study                                           6

1.7 Definition of Terms                                                           7

          CHAPTER TWO

2.0 Definition of Auditing                                            8

2.1 Objective of Auditing                                             11

2.2 Types of Auditing                                                  11

2.3 Reliance of Internal Auditing to External Auditors         17

2.4 Auditing as a measure for Controlling Fraud                  19

2.5 The Future of Auditing                                          22

2.6 Auditors Liability                                                   23

2.7 Audit Report                                                                   30

        CHAPTER THREE

3.0 Research Design and Methodology                        33

3.1 Source of Data                                                       34

   Primary Data                                                                   34

   Secondary Data                                                     35

3.2  Sample Used                                                                   35

3.3 Method of Investigation                                         35

CHAPTER FOUR

4.0 Data Presentation and Analysis                                       36

4.1 Data Presentation                                                   36

4.2 Test of Hypothesis                                                          49

        CHAPTER FIVE

5.0 Summary of Findings, Conclusion and Recommendations

5.1 Findings                                                                 52

5.2 Conclusion                                                             55

5.3 Recommendations                                                  56

Bibliography                                                        58

        Appendix (Questionnaire)                                    60

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER ONE

1.0   INTRODUCTION

        The practice of auditing in the primitive form can be traced back to ancient times where the receipts and payments of an estate or a manor were read to the head  or proprietor, or the Lord of a manor. The word auditing originated fr4om the Latin word Audire (meaning to hear). The business of this period was characterized by sole proprietorship.

        But with industrial revolution, there was an increase in business transactions and there emerge partnership and joint stock companies. The evolution of mechanised industries involved the provision of finance far in excess of what it used to be. Business become more complex and required more formal and improved accountability.

        Under the company form of organisation, the shareholders as a body delegated the management of the undertaking to a board of directors and periodically the board submitted to the shareholders accounts of the company in order that the members might be able to see a true and fair view of the financial position and the profit or loss of the undertaking in which they were interested.

        Because of these circumstances the need arose for some means by which the shareholders as a body might be satisfied that the accounts, presented to them by their board of directors, did in fact show a true and fair view of the financial position and earnings of the company. It was for this reason therefore that the practice developed of appointing auditors whose duty it was to verify on behalf of the shareholders the accounts of the directors and to report there on to the shareholders.

        Under the early British companies Acts, the auditors appointed were one or two of the shareholders of the company. As however, the chosen auditors commonly had insufficient technical qualifications, there were probably not able to carry out a very effective audit nor were there paid anything for the work they did although a later Act did provide for them to employ a clerk to do some work, whose remuneration should be provided by the company.

        It was the British companies Act, 1900, which first made it legally compulsory for every company to appoint independent auditors, as we now know them, and provided for their remuneration. It was undoubtedly the rapid increase in the number of joint – stock companies that took place at this time, and the compulsory professional audit thus provided for in the companies Act, 1900, that gave the great impetus to the development of the accountancy profession. In Nigeria today the accounts of every company and the majority of partnerships are audited by professional accountants and in recent years the accountancy profession has expanded greatly in many other directions.

 

1.1   STATEMENT OF PROBLEM

                  This study entitled “Auditing as an instrument for organisational success” attempts to determine the importance of auditing to an organisational growth.

        It is also meant to discover the:

n  Objective of Auditing

n  Types of auditing

n  Relevance of internal auditing to external auditors

n  Auditing as a means for fraud control

n  The future of auditing, Auditors liability and report.

 

1.2     PURPOSE OF THE STUDY

          The objective of this study is to identify the need for every organisation to know the importance of auditing in an organisation.

          The researcher also wish to put across how auditing enhances organisational success and growth.

1.3     SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY

          The significance of the study is to highlight the importance of auditing to the growth and success of a manufacturing company.

          This study will also add to the advancement of knowledge in the field of auditing in an organisation. Future researcher in this areas will also benefit from the study.

1.4     STATEMENT OF HYPOTHESES

          This study is required to test among other things the following:

Ho:    Internal auditing as a part of internal control system is not useful to external auditor.

Hi:     Internal auditing as a part of internal control system is useful to external auditor.

Ho:    Poor and inefficient internal control and Auditing does not encourage fraud.

Hi:     Poor and inefficient internal control and Auditing encourages fraud and mismanagement.

Ho:    Growth and survival of Anamco Ltd. does not depend on Auditing and internal control.

Hi:     Growth and survival of Anamco Ltd. depends on Auditing and internal control.

Ho:    Auditing and internal control does not contribute to the smooth implementation of management policies.

Ho:    Auditing and internal control contributes to the smooth implementation of management policies.

1.5     SCOPE OF THE STUDY

          This study concentrates solely on a manufacturing company in Enugu state, with special reference to the Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company (ANAMCO) Enugu. The organisation undertakes business in motor manufacturing especially Mercedes Benze products. Particular attention will be paid to the methods and procedures employed by the accounting department in performing its duties.

1.6     LIMITATION OF THE STUDY

          Time factor imposes a big constraint on this study as a research of this scope can hardly be completed within the two months time limit set for it. This factor no doubt made some aspects that would have been included to be left out. Such aspects include inter-company comparison and the corporation to the industry.

          Another big constraint on the research is finance. Financial problems to a great extent hampered the gathering of data (information) for the study. This is more so when are considers the cost of moving from the school to the site of the organisation used as a case study. One also had to face the difficulty of conviction of the officials taken as specimen, a lot of explanation and persecution to get the co-operation of such respondent.

 

 

 

1.7     DEFINITION OF TERMS

          To ensure a proper understanding of what the study is all about some unfamiliar words to those who are not in the same field are explained as they appear in the project.

AUDIT – An independent examination of, and expression of an opinion on, the financial statements of an enterprise.

INTERNAL AUDIT – The act of ensuring that control measures set up by management are complied with.

CHAPTER TWO

2.0     DEFINITION OF AUDITING

          Different people, at various times has given different definitions of auditing, here are some of them.

          A renown author (Taylor 1982) in his book stated that “auditing is an investigation by an auditor into the evidence from which the final revenue accounts and balance sheet, or other statements, of an organisations have been prepared, in order to ascertain that they present a true and fair view of the summarized transactions for the period under review and of the financial state of the organisations at the end date so enabling the auditor to reports thereon”

          Nwabueze PBC (2000), He defines auditing as an independent examination by an auditor of the evidence from which the final revenue accounts and balance sheet of an enterprise have been prepared in order to ascertain that they present a true and fair view of the sumarised transactions of the period under review and of the financial state of the organisation at the year end, thus enabling the auditor to report thereon. It is an investigation into books of accounts and the documents and vouchers from which the books have been written up, with the object of enabling the auditor to make a report on the balance sheet or other statements prepared from the books, to the person(s) to whom he has been appointed to report.

         

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