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Babatunde Shakirat Adepeju

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Babatunde Shakirat Adepeju, Ph.D., research fellow in Department of Accounting, School of Post Graduate Studies, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria.

ABSTRACT

Infrastructure development in Nigeria has attracted the attention of researchers in view of the attitudes of contractors and government lead-lag role playing. These attitudes led to the enactment of Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007 and Public Procurement Act 2007 to reduce internal control system deficiencies and budget indiscipline in the Nigerian public sector fiscal matters and procurement process. Ironically, despite these efforts, infrastructure development is still a problem affecting the lives of Nigerians as their poverty level is on the increase. This paper tests the effects of internal control system deficiency on contractors’ capability in infrastructure development in the Nigerian public sector. Data drawn from a sample of 228 infrastructures were used for analysis. Two research questions on contractors’ fiduciary obligation to government and capacity were analysed. Kendall’s Tau-bτ correlation of coefficient and Chi-square X2 statistics were employed for data analysis. Findings show that deficient internal control system strongly and directly breeds deficiency in the contractors’ capability for infrastructure development. The paper recommends that oath of bribery should complement oath of secrecy to ensure that contractors and government agencies that are responsible for execution of infrastructure play to the rules of the “games”, especially the provisions of Public Procurement Act 2007 and Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007. Public-private-partnership-initiative, such as build-operate and transfer method of contracting, should be encouraged to improve on contractors’ capability and stewardship.

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contractors’ capability, internal control system deficiency, infrastructure development, poverty alleviation

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