INTRODUCTION Co-operative societies are part of the aim of government, they are natured by the government the government believe that through co-operative societies that the standard of living of the masses will improve. They are meant to enhance the economic and social well being of the populace as this will help to record economic growth and subsequent development, that is why the government sponsor and run some of the activities of co-operative societies. For instance the government employs co-operative field staff to disseminate the gospel of co-operation, to nurture co-operative by giving them directives and prepare them for registration and also to audit the accounts of co-operative, societies. Co-operative societies are business organization though in the class of non profit seeking form of business organization whether a business is profit oriented or non profit oriented, it should hare an accounting system. Against this background, this research is designed to study the accounting system of co-operative societies how the information presented by the accounting system is utilized. Ie whether it is used in making decisions for the businesses.
1.2 STATEMENT OF PROBLEMS
Some of the problems attendant to co-operative societies which militated against the accounting system of co-operative societies in Enugu North local government area are as follows. 1. Paucity of accounting records and information 2. Lack of fund to employ trained accountant to manage the accounts of co-operative societies. 3. lack of management education to the committee members who are managers of the societies and the general members who potential committee members.
1.3 THE OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
The objectives of the study are as follows: i. To identify and disclose whether adequate accounting records are maintained in co-operative societies. ii. To determine the impact of the present level of accounting records on the profitability and viability of co-operative societies. iii. To offer possible recommendation that would enhance the utility of accounting records kept in co-operative societies.
1.4 RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS
As to realize the objective of this study the following hypothesis have been formulated.
i. Co-operative societies do not maintain an adequate accounting system. ii. The internal control system of co-operative societies is not adequate. iii. Most co-operative societies do not comply with the established accounting standards. iv. The present level of accounting records of co-operative societies have an adverse effect on its profitability and viability.
1.5 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
This study will be of immense benefit to the co-operative, pre and post co-operators, student public and the government. i. To co-operators, the study will help them to formulate a proper and better accounting system that will help in the growth and the realization of the goals and objectives of co-operative societies. ii. To pre member of co-operative societies, it will serve as a guide in understanding the accounting system of co-operative societies which will serve as a guide in formulating their own accounting system when forming a new society. iii. to post members, it helps them to see what was lacking in the accounting system and in the running of the fund of co-operative societies and the correction might be a temptation to delve back in to co-operation. iv. To the student and public, it will serve as a rsearch literature to the public and also to students in accountancy and co-operative department who may decide to research more on this topic. v. To the government the study will serve as a guide to policy making as regards to co-operative societies and also in structuring laws and rules for co-operative society.
1.6 SCOPE AND LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
There are many co-operatives societies in Enugu North local government area both registered and Non registered, the researcher choose his sample form the population of registered co-operative societies in Enugu North, the registered co-operative societies by virtue of their registration are believed to measure up to standard. Hence: this study will take into consideration the nature and operation of the accounting system and internal control system of registered co-operatives in Enugu North local government area. The researcher would have liked to study the population of the co-operative societies but for the constraint attendant of a researcher i.e time money and energy, the researcher studied a sample of 98.
1.7 DEFINITION OF TERMS
CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY: Co-operative society may be defined as a form of business where in persons voluntarily associate themselves as human beings on basis of equality for the promotion of their economic and /or social standards. CO-OPERATION: This service as another word for co-operative society. COMMITTEE: This "means" the governing body of a registered society to whom the management of its affairs is entrusted". COUNCIL OF INSPECTION: They are "elected council of members who are not members of the committee to whom the supervision of the committee is entrusted".
DIVIDEND: This is "a share of the net surplus of a registered society dividuded among its members in proportion to the paid up share capital help by them".
MEMBER: This includes a person joining in application for the registration of a society or admitted to membership after the registered in accordance with the bye laws and rules". MEMBER BONUS: "Means a share of the net surplus of a registered society divided among its members in proposition to the volume of business done by them with the society form which surplus of the society was derived". Net surplus: means the difference between income received or accrued during the financial year and the total of expenditure made or accrued during the year and previsions and allowances for the depreciation of fixed assets or the written off of losses or bad debts and for the creation or maintenance of reserves against bad debts or depreciation of stocks. HONORARIUM "Means a share of the net surplus of a registered society divided amongst some or all of the members of the committee, or the council of inspectors or scrutinizers of the society in recognition of services for which otherwise no payment is received". ACCOUNTING: Defined by osisioma as "A language of business employed to communicate financial information it has the responsibility of keeping track of the essential information affecting the financial activities of an organization of interpreting the information in terms of relative success or failure and of helping to plan the course of future action".
INTERNAL AUDIT: Internal audit is described as a review of operations and records, sometimes continuous undertake within a business by specially assigned staff.
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