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AN EVALUATION OF EFFECTIVENESS OF ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIME COMMISSION (EFCC) IN CHECKMATING PUBLIC SECTOR ACCOUNTANTS OPERATION IN NIGERIA
The study aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of the EFCC in checkmating the accountants in rendering accountability in the public sector. The population of the study was made up of 80 accountants from PPSSC and LGSC in Anambra State. The study is a survey design and adopted system theory. Purposive sampling technique was adopted. Three research questions and three hypotheses were formulated for the study. Twenty seven (27) item questionnaires were designed for data collection. Mean score and t-test statistical tools were used to analyze the data collected. The findings of the study revealed that the accountants are to enforce financial accountability. There are a lot of accounting and financial failures in the public sector hence an accountant is rated as one of the most perpetrators of crime. Therefore, EFCC plays a remarkable role in the public sector accountability. The paper concluded that positive changes in the accounting profession will impact largely to the success of the EFCC in Nigeria. Based on the findings of the study, it was recommended that the government should install good accountability control to avoid embezzlement or mis-management of funds in the public sector, and as well as a code of ethics to engender accountability and transparency in the conduct of the public office holders.
Key words: Evaluation, Accountants, Effectiveness, Financial Accountability,