BOARD CHARACTERISTICS AND FINANCIAL REPORTING TIMELINESS OF FIRMS IN NIGERIA
Keywords:Board independence, board size, distress likelihood zone firms, financial reporting timeliness
Several studies have examined issues relating to board characteristics and financial reporting timeliness in Nigeria, but none have conducted studies to examine board independence and board size in relation to financial reporting timeliness of non-financial distress likelihood zone firms in Nigeria. This study aims to examined board characteristics as well as financial reporting timeliness of firms in Nigeria. Different variables of board characteristics like board independence as well as board size were examined to determine how they are related to financial reporting ttimeliness. For the purpose of the study to be achieved, twenty-eight (28) distress likelihood zone firms from 2012 to 2021 as it relates to the non-financial firms that are listed on Nigerian Exchange Group (NXG) PLC as at 31st December, 2021 were carefully selected and studied. The panel least squares (PLS) regression was employed in the study and E-view 9.0 packages was used for the analysis of data. The regression analysis revealed a positive as well as a relationship that is significant between board independence and financial reporting timeliness while board size was found to be insignificant and negatively related with financial reporting timeliness of firms in Nigeria. Hence, it is recommended that the presence of independent board and their skills should not be neglected as it is in a better position to make sure financial statements are properly presented and reported for the shareholders to make good decision.
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