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Title:Patterns and trends in Nigerian local government autonomy
Author:Benjamin, Solomon AkhereISNI
Periodical:Démocraties africaines
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subject:local government reform
Abstract:Although there have been a number of local government reforms in Nigeria in the past, federal government does not seem to encourage the development of virile, financially healthy and autonomous local government councils. In order of hierarchy, local governments are recognized as the third tier of government, next to the federal and the State or regional governments. But the complexity of relationships has greatly undermined the independent functioning of local government. This has undoubtedly constrained the performance of local political leadership and has had adverse consequences for socioeconomic and political development on the local level. The centralized approach adopted by the various military regimes to manage the federal set-up has meant that attempts to strengthen local autonomy have been viewed with suspicion. This article presents an overview of local government reforms in Nigeria and the problems involved. The structure which emerged with the 1976 reform, which prominently recognized local government as a distinct level of government, and which determined local government duties and functions, faced problems emanating from constitutional imperfections regarding the relation between local and higher levels of government. Thus, the much orchestrated autonomy of local government is yet to become a reality in virtually all parts of the country. Bibliogr.