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Title:The reinstatement of Local Government Service Commission in Nigeria: an examination of its effects on local government autonomy
Author:Akindele, S.T.
Periodical:Review of African Political Affairs
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:commissions of inquiry
local government
Abstract:After reviewing the concept of local government as a component of a federal political arrangement and examining the place of local government in Nigerian intergovernmental relations, the author discusses the reinstatement of the Local Government Service Commission (LGSC) in Nigeria and the issue of local government autonomy. He details the role and functions of the LGSC, its powers and relevance, and assesses the extent to which it erodes the autonomy of local governments, looking at this issue in turn from four different perspectives, that of the federal government, that of the local government chairmen, that of the career administrators and that of the inhabitants of the local government areas. The author argues that if autonomy is consistently taken to mean total independence for local governments on both an institutional and a personal level, the rationality of the reinstatement of the LGSC will continue to be questioned. This would be ominous for the holistic survival of Nigerian federalism. He lists nine conditions which, if met, would reduce, if not totally remove, any negative effects the reinstatement of the LGSC may have on the autonomy of Nigeria's local governments. Bibliogr.