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Financial Reporting in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria. Challenges and Options

Charles Ezeagba ()

International Journal of Academic Research in Accounting, Finance and Management Sciences, 2017, vol. 7, issue 1, 1-10

Abstract: This study is on financial reporting in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria: challenges and options. The study was carried out to determine the challenges facing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in adopting effective financial accounting reporting in Nigeria and to ascertain the contribution of poor credit facilities to inadequate accounting records in SMEs in Nigeria. Survey method and time series data were used and data were collected through the use of questionnaire and CBN statistical bulletin. Data generated were analyzed with simple percentage table. The study found that the challenges facing SMEs in preparation and presentation of financial reports are: inadequate accounting books and records, manpower, accounting system and non-running their transactions through the banking system. The study recommends among others that since keeping proper books of account and preparation of financial records can only be done by professional accountants, the two main bodies in Nigeria: ICAN and ANAN should encourage their members to offer free professional service to SMEs in Nigeria.

Keywords: Financial reporting; small and medium enterprises; challenges and options (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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