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Title:Popular participation, formulation and implementation of social policy in Nigeria
Author:Roberts, F.O. Nyemutu
Periodical:Démocraties africaines
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:popular participation
social policy
Abstract:The social conditions of the Nigerian people are currently deteriorating. Reasons for the state of 'undevelopment' in Nigeria include first of all the fact that Nigerian development planning has been driven essentially by economic considerations rather than social concerns. Secondly, although it is being recognized increasingly that much of the problems of underdevelopment in Nigeria is due to defects in planning and implementation of social policy, this recognition has not been matched by the articulation of appropriate modes of intervention. This has a strong bearing with a third factor, namely the fact that planning in Nigeria has been associated with centralist attempts to attain development from above rather than from below. There has been little room for popular participation in the planning, formulation and implementation of social policy in Nigeria. This paper examines the meaning of popular participation in social policy and discusses some models of popular participation, highlighting their merits and weaknesses, as well as their relevance to the contemporary Nigerian environment. Finally, it suggests some practical measures the government should take in order to develop a framework for popular participation in Nigeria. Bibliogr.