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THE IMPACT OF INTERNAL CONTROL SYSTEM ON THE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT OF AN ORGANIZATION
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Every organization both profit or non-profit organization has its objectives and goals in mind to achieve. For the non-profit making organization, their goal is to satisfy the social need of the citizens and in the effort to achieve these purposes supervision more often than not play a vital role.
The size and scope of these organizations have sometimes made it hard for the executors to exercise personal and first hand supervision of operation. It is in this light that internal control established by management is initiated. For an organization to carryout its business there must be some factors put in place for the smooth running of the organization like materials, machines, money etc.
These need to be well co-ordinated in order for the success of the organization to be achieved. These factors are used by a group of persons known as management. Neither can management exists without an organization both are inseparable. The system of 12
internal control provides assurance to management of the dependability of the accounting data used in the decision making of the organization
It has been discovered that due to lack of internal control several banks have been discovered to have defrauded its customers mostly foreign investors, Having discovered this, banks now take extra precaution before clearing a cheque because of rampant incidence of fraud and forgeries which have placed bank. Loss on average of N1m each working day of the year in Nigeria. Due to this challenges, CBN issued a directive to banks to increase its capital base to N25 billion.
Management use internal control as a tool to check it staff due to the fact that managers are not able to monitor the activities of the organization. It therefore adopts the internal control in such a way that the system checks itself and any irregularity within the system is been detected and corrected.
To ensure that the system checks itself, management could use devices such as segregations, supervision of work and acknowledgement of performance. The effective arrangement and 13
implementation of this control system would ensure proper management.
1.2 STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
We might not really understand the impact of internal control system in an organization until probably we run an organization void of internal control system.
The absence of adequate internal control measures exposes the financial management of an organization to certain threats such as:
– Incorrect financial statement and /loss of the companys’assets.
– Stealing and mis-management of organizational vital documents which may be done by an employee to take undue advantage.
– Incorrect and unreliable financial records which may lead to loss of organizational integrity.
– Non implementation of accounting policies in consistent with the applicable legislation appropriate in presentation of financial statement.
1.3 OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
The overall purpose of this research work is to evaluate and determine the impart of internal measures in an organizational financial management.
A well defined organizational structure helps management to run the business in an orderly manner. This enhance operational and efficiency, which is the important features of internal control.
Specifically, this research work stands to achieve the following objective.
- To determine the impact of internal control to proper use of organizations funds and assets.
- To ascertain whether perpetration of fraud and losses of Revenue in an organization are as a result of weakness in internal control system.
- To ensure whether a true reflection of organizational activities are presented in financial statement where there is an active observation of internal control measures.
- To determine the relationship between internal control measures and proper keeping of accounting records.
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTION
The following research questions will be used to form the research hypothesis and they are:
- To what extent does the internal control measures impacts on appropriation of organizational assets and funds.
- To what extent does perpetration of fraud and losses of Revenue in an organization are as a result of weakness in the internal control system
- To what extent does internal control enhance a true reflection of organization activities as presented in the financial statement
- To what extent does a relationship exists between internal control and proper keeping of accounting records
1.5 STATEMENT OF HYPOTHESIS
This research is undertaken on the basis of the following hypothesis. 16
HYPOTHESIS ONE (1)
Ho: internal control measure does not ensure proper use of organizations funds and assets.
Hi: Internal control measure ensures proper use of organization funds and assets.
HYPOTHESIS TWO (2)
Ho: Fraud perpetration and losses of revenue in an organization are not as a result of weakness in the internal control system.
Hi: Fraud perpetration and losses of Revenue in an organization are as a result of weakness in the internal control system.
HYPOTHESIS THREE (3)
Ho: internal control does not ensure, a true reflection of an organizational activities as presented in financial statement
Hi: Internal control ensures a true reflection of an organizational activities as presented in financial statement.
1.6 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
There is no controversy that this research works have been conducted on internal control system, however much emphasis has been placed on the impact of a good internal control system on financial management of organizations.
This research work will go a long way in helping an organization discover the impact of weakness in internal control and suggest measures in correcting them. It will also reveal the problems caused by bad internal control system and be useful to students, scholars, lecturers and other third parties as it shall open new area of further research work and at same time advance challenges to up-coming researchers.
1.7 SCOPE OF STUDY
The impact of a good internal control aids management effectiveness in its organization. This research will specifically Focus attention on the activities of organizations in Nigeria and due to the logical point that not every organization can be studied, this research is therefore limited to the Nigeria Bottling Company. The focus of this research is to show the impact of a good internal control system in the performance of organization Financial management.
1.8 LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
The major constraints in this study include the conservating nature of organization and their apathy towards providing information, especially with respect to their internal operation policies
Human errors and biasness are other limiting factor of this study. This is because some data’s were obtained through discussions and interviews therefore there is the possibility of human error of omitting some vital information. Respondent may also exaggerate important information in order to give their organization a positive credit for fear of what seem an invasion into the organization’s privacy. Time and finance is also a limiting factor.
1.9 DEFINITION OF TERMS
The following terms have been used in the course of this research work and as such need to be explained. They were as stated below:
It has been defined by the Auditing planning committee (APC) IN Uk as “the whole system of control financial and otherwise established by management in order to carry out the business of the enterprise in an orderly and efficient manner to safeguard the assets and secure as far as possible, the competence and accuracy of records, the prevention and detection of errors and fraud in accordance with the final preparation of financial statement.”
Is an exercise performed in the present to achieve a plan drawn up for the future.
It is defined as the process of planning, organizing co-ordinating and controlling the activities of an organization. It is seen as a group of people who monitor and control the organization activities towards the achievement of the organization objectives.
This comes from a Latin word “AUDIRE”meaning to hear in other words it means official examination of account and records.
- chambers Auddrew: the structure of internal audit October 1979,pp27-31
- paddy: financial management for student pp 28-30
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