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Title:Local Government Structure as a Spatial Framework for Rural Development in Nigeria
Author:Akpan, Philip A.
Periodical:Public Administration and Development
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:rural development
local government
local government reform
Politics and Government
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
External link:https://doi.org/10.1002/pad.4230100303
Abstract:In Nigeria, there appears to be a close link between administrative structure and spatial development. Employment opportunities and modern socioeconomic facilities are located mainly in urban centres. These settlements are, in almost all cases, headquarters of administrative units of one level or another. Administrative status thus seems to be the major force behind the development of urban centres and their surrounding rural areas. This paper reviews the various efforts that Nigeria has made since 1950 to derive a suitable local administrative structure. It focuses on the 1976 reform and shows how it has failed to provide a suitable spatial framework for rural development. Based on the experiences of the past and the realities of the present, some principles are put forward as guidelines for an effective local administrative structure. Bibliogr., sum.