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Title:The role of traditional rulers in administration
Author:Orewa, G.O.
Periodical:Quarterly Journal of Administration
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:indirect rule
traditional rulers
local government reform
Abstract:This paper describes the central position which the traditional authorities occupied in administration under the system of Indirect Rule (Nigeria). They ceded their functions in local government to largely elected councillors in the Southern States under the local government legislations of 1950-55 but the Chiefs in the north continued to exercise influence in local government until the 1976 reforms. The paper suggests the roles which traditional authorities can play in administration, including leadership in local development, tax collection, maintenace of law and order and public enlightenment, provided Federal and State Governments make adequate financial provisions for their maintenance. Notes, tables.