Accounting is a body of knowledge which does not have a gingle definition, vicarious and several actions have come up with different definitions which reflects the period in the evolutionary stages of accounting thoughts during which definitions were made.
There are several definitions of the concept as the number of people that attempt to define it.
According to A. H. Mill Champ in his book, Foundation Accounting (An instructional manual for Accounting Students) submitted that “Accounting is the process of identifying, measuring and communicating economic information to permit informed judgement and decisions by the user of the information and also explained further to mean and in terms of money transactions and events which aid, is part at least of a financial character, and interpreting the results thereof.
A. Soyede accorded that “Accounting is concerned with providing information to decision making within an organization to enable management to take decisions about the level of output, the most optimal choice of reflecting competition and other changes in the economy.
Accounting system has become a major quantitative information system in almost every organization just as a well designed information system has become an integral part of organizational activities. Information for economic decision making is the main product of accounting.
The origin of financial accounting dates back to the 15th Century when a Franciscan MONK, Rev. father Luca Pacioli wrote his famous book “Summa de Arithetica, Geometrica, proportion et proportionality” in Venis in 1914. The first known book on book-keeping enunciated most of the principles on which today’s book keeping is kept. The main emphasis was on the stewardship function. The regular calculation of profit, and thus the preparation of a profit and loss account, was not yet seen to be important and profitable when calculated was usually at the end of particular contribution. Father Pacioli accorded him the recognition of Father of Accounting.
The whole purpose of ancient accounting was not to measure the rate of profit or loss but to keep accurate records of acquisitions and out goings in money and kind and expose any losses due to dissolute on negligence. This seemingly laudable objective of engaging the services of book-keeping to keep accurate records of their wealth, business concerns and value possible expose frauds. However, the increase in the number of multiple ownership, joint ventures, partnership etc.
The profit and loss account grew in importance the extension of credit transaction and the requirement of tax collection systems increased the need for the measurement of profit.
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY/STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
Haier Paterson Cussons Nigeria Plc is a joint Venture between PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc over 120 years of commercial experience in Nigeria has been the proud manufacturer of Thermocool brand for over 37 years. Over the time, THERMOCOOL has won the trust and loyalty of Nigerian consumers.
Haier is the world’s fourth largest white goods manufacturer and is the official home appliances sponsor of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. As of 2008, the Haier Group has established a total of trading companies (19 located overseas) 29 manufacturing plant (24 overseas), 8 design centres (5 overseas) and 16 Industries parks (4 overseas) consistent with Haier’s position as a global brand, the company employs over 60,000 people ground the world. In addition, Haier boasts a 58,800 story sales network which last year accounted for a global turnover of 122.billion RMB (17.5 billion USD).
The Partnership between these two world famous companies through Haier-Thermocool brand aims to deliver reliable quality in all products that are manufactured. This is achieved by producing products that are specifically designed to meet the needs of the Nigerian environment.
The elegant new designs and innovative technologies all Haier Thermocool products are tropicalized (Nigerian used) to deliver optimum value for cool. Haier Thermocool has a world-class after sales services centres which dedicated customer care line: 01-7303333 Pan-Nigeria-Name.
The organization as related to Haier Paterson Cussons Nigeria Plc is organized into six (6) sections, namely: production, personnel, packaging, finance, sales and purchases and each of these sections headed by a manager except finance which is headed by a Chief Accountant. All these heads of the sections reported directly to the Chairman. The line of authority/responsibility are depicted in the organization chart.
Every individual in HPY has an assigned responsibility in which their performance is judged on how well they meet up with these responsibilities. The sum of the responsibility structure is allocated among people at several levels of management . division of responsibility and authority among several levels of management enables the enterprises strike effectively in achieving their objectives.
1.2 SCOPE AND LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
The scope of this research will be restricted to the accounting information provided by Haier Paterson Cussons Nigeria plc manufacturing of refridgerators, chiller/freezer, air-conditioner, washing machines etc.
The study would also embrace all the accounting concepts and their application in operation and preparation of the financial statement of the company.
The study would automatically be limited to the uses and effect of the Accounting information, concepts and application for planning and decision making in an organization.
TIME CONSTRAINT: The time available for the conduct of this research work has to be shared between the institution academic programme, family contentment and the project research, office work and thereby given little time for the researcher to visit most of the available library and the case study as it would have done.
FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS: During all these, there is much cost involved and in view of economic dispensation there is inadequacy of money thereby limiting the work to have been done. The cost of embarking on this research is expensive thereby could not lay my hands on the available data which are supposed to be used for this research work.
DATA COLLECTION: The workers in this organization could not release some data needed for this research work and some answers to the questions I asked about the organization were not answered likewise some questionnaires given to them were not returned as expected.
ACCOUNTING: the organization does not use all the appropriate books of accounts the use of required accounting principles, concepts and convension provided by the National Accounting Standard Board and Company and allied Act 2004 is also not appropriately used or embibe on.
SUPERVISORS: The supervisor of this project is another great problem encountered due to the fact that before the researcher could see the supervisors for appropriate connection and supervision, it takes a lot of time and when seen, several connection demand for more information, proper presentation and demand thereby lot of energy and time were consumed at the end of this project writing.
1.4. PROJECT OF THE STUDY
A wide range of users of users accounting information rely on periodic financial state to assist them in making a variety of economic decision. The quality of accounting information before them, therefore directors are constantly concern with assessing the quality of their management and to effectively do this they have again to rely heavily on accounting information and statement.
Accounting information affect the way the society allocate resources and also how it distributes income. The aggregate economic development of a society has become a function of the quality of accounting information available to it. In the light of the above mentioned this research will try to:
1.To examine the weakness of the accounting information and the result and effect of this on the other sector of the economy.
2.To examine the concept of accounting information as indispensable economic factor.
3.To show in clean terms the need for accounting information as well as the contributions to meeting societal requirements.
4.To mention the extent to which accounting information has been able to adapt to the ever changing societal requirement.
5.To comprehensively highlight the role of accounting as a societal function, societal fund and accounting information as well as social issue in accounting.
6.To take on current method of and suggest further improvement of financial reporting.
1.5 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
Due to the global economic depression in general and the Ngeria depressed economic climate in particular, only the astute business manager will try. However for a business manager to be successful, he/she needs accurate and timely information to perform his/ her managerial function. Every individual business company or entity, engaging in economic activity is faced with several questions e.g what are the available assets or resources, what is the return or expected return of the funds invested elsewhere, etc? the answers to all these questions involves the rise of accounting information and therefore it’s relevance can not be over-emphasized.
1.6 RESEARCH QUESTIONS FOR HYPOTHESIS
1. H0: That the rapid progress of the organization could not be attributed to the level of decision made by the management staff.
H1: That the rapid progress of the organization could be attributable to the level of decision made by the top management staff.
2. H0: that the accounting report is not an essential instrument in planning.
H1: That the accounting report is an essential instrument in planning.
3. H0: That instrument of the accounting personnel could affect the accounting report of the organization.
1.7 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
This as stated above is the techniques and strategy which the researcher concluded on to use in order to be able to carry out an objective investigation in an organized and efficient manner to help in decision making.
In this case, I had intention in my own study, to rather information through oral interviewing and questionnaire which shall be directed to the following classes of people with Haier Paterson Cussons Nigeria Plc.
i. the management staff
ii. the technology staff
I also conducted relevant textbooks, magazines, write-ups, seminar papers etc.
1.8 DEFINITION OF TRECHNICAL TERMS.
The following terms shall be used in the context of the research and the reacher could make little explanation as follows:
TAX: This is a compulsory levy imposed by government on the income of individuals, companies, co-operate individuals and or value of purchases, which is also paid to the same government for public purposes.
WORK IN PROGRESS: This is the value of job that is currently witnessing further production i.e value of yes to the completed job, it can also be referred to as value of uncertified job.
TURN OVER: This is the net value of goods and/or services sold within a particular a particular year. It is calculated as total sale less return.
PRODUCTION: This is the action of manufacturing, grnizawing, extracting things, especially in large quantities such as oil, garri, egg, energy production. Goods that transform our wants are produced by organization and individual entrepreneur. These transform inputs (raw materials, money, machine, labour, information into goods and services. This is the process of transforming input into output (goods and services) using production system.
ORGANISATION: this is a structure for the enterprise to conry out its activities in a systematic manner. Organization provides a frame work while dukes are identified, definite task a allocated to suitable person and inter relations between jobs made clear. The joint effort made by different persons sources more productive, effective and economical. If a well knit organizations is provided by the management.
EFFICIENCY: this means improvements in energy efficiency of the factory, organizations or individual. This is the ability to work well or without wasting time or resources competent such as efficient managers, secretary e.t.c. it is the ability of tools, machinese of time, system e.t.c producing a satisfactory result without wasting time and resource such as official database, software or heating equipment.
TECHNOLOGY: the scientific study and use of applied sciences e.g engineering. The application of this to pratical task in industry such as recent advance in technology and new computer technology.
DEPRECIATION: This is the permanent decrease in value of the asset through wear and tear in use or passage of time.
ACCOUNTING CONVENTION: This is general custom, tradition practice in which an account based on the preparation of financial statement.
ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLE: This is the basic truth on general rule guiding the preparation of financial statement.
ACCOUNTING CONCEPT: This is the accounting practice found in certain bases of assumption.
STOCK: This can be referred to stock of goods available for sales, distribution, or use, especially goods kept by a trader or shop keeper. This can be stock of materials available for production of goods.
TURNOVER: This is the net value of goods and /or services sold within a particular year. It is calculated as total sales less return.
RESOURCES: This is the wealth, supplier of goods, raw materials which an organization has or can use which helps in or that can be turned to for support in production.
DEFERRED TAXATION: This is the taxation on the timing difference between the treatment of certain items for accounting purpose and their treatment for taxation is only provided in respect of liabilities which are expected to become payable in the foreseeable future.
FOREIGN CURRENCIES: This is the currency of the foreign countries. Transaction arising in foreign currencies is converted into Naira at the current rates of exchange as at the time they arise.