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Title:Three decades of local government reforms in Anambra state of Nigeria 1950-1980: a catalogue of hopes and illusions
Author:Okoli, F.C.
Periodical:Ikenga: Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subject:local government reform
Abstract:The history of the evolution and development of modern local government in Anambra State of Nigeria can be traced back to the Eastern Region Local Government Ordinance of 1950. The period saw the culmination of the relentless efforts by the vocal elites to be involved in the government of their area. The result was the introduction of a system of local government based on the British model. The structure of the system was initially laid on a three-tier system corresponding to that in Britain. The assumptions underlying the three-tier system underscored the belief that just as some functions of the central government could be more efficiently administred by devolution of powers and functions to local units and institutions, so also, in the realms of local government some functions could be better catered for by local councils than by councils superintending larger areas. This assumption was negated by experience. This led ultimately to the restructuring of the local government system. The stages of this restructuring are discussed in this paper. Ref.