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Sustainable strategy for achieving effective local government administration in Nigeria

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Public Administration, Mai Idris Alooma Polytechnic Geidam, Yobe State, Nigeria
  • 2Department of Public Administration, Mai Idris Alooma Polytechnic Geidam, Yobe State, Nigeria

Res. J. Management Sci., Volume 9, Issue (3), Pages 9-15, September,6 (2020)

Abstract

Local government administration in Nigeria seems to be heading towards doom due to authority`s inability to deliver the required basic social services needed to improve the living condition of people at the community level. Many even argued that, local government system in Nigeria has failed in meeting the need and aspiration of the people therefore, it should be abolished as a subnational government in the country`s federal system. As the closest authority to people at the grass root level, local government in Nigeria needs to exist if only it can be strategized to deliver the required basic social services leading to the improvement of peoples living condition at the local level. This work examined the causes of the failure of local government in Nigeria in delivering effective administration at the local level. It also examined possible sustainable strategies needed for achieving effective local government administration in the country. The study was conducted with the used of primary and secondary methods of data collection. The study found out that, increased statutory allocation to local government and total stoppage of joint account practice are part of the sustainable strategies needed for achieving effective local government administration in Nigeria. The study recommended that, monthly subvention or statutory allocation to local government from the federation account be increased and joint account practice be stopped totally, if effective local government administration is to be achieved in Nigeria.

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