Local Governments in Nigeria: Relevance and Effectiveness in Poverty Reduction and Economic Development

18 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2012

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Ito Diejomaoh

African Institute for Applied Economics

Eric Eboh

African Institute for Applied Economics (AIAE)

Date Written: April 24, 2012

Abstract

This paper examines the local government system in Nigeria, its relevance and impact in poverty reduction, economic growth and sustainable development. After a review of the local government system in Nigeria as an example of political, fiscal and economic decentralization, it examines the nature and evolution of local government in Nigeria as well as the roles and responsibilities of the local governments in the Nigerian context. In examining the deficiencies of the local government system in Nigeria one of the major issues seem to be a problem of accountability of local governments along with serious capacity issues. The paper concludes with a treatment of the imperatives for optimizing the effectiveness of local governments in Nigeria.

Keywords: Local Government, Effectiveness, Poverty Alleviation, Development

JEL Classification: H72, O43

Suggested Citation

Diejomaoh, Ito and Eboh, Eric, Local Governments in Nigeria: Relevance and Effectiveness in Poverty Reduction and Economic Development (April 24, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2045439 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2045439

Ito Diejomaoh (Contact Author)

African Institute for Applied Economics ( email )

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P,O, Box 2147
Enugu, Enugu State 400221
Nigeria

Eric Eboh

African Institute for Applied Economics (AIAE) ( email )

54 Nza Street
Independence Layout
Enugu, 004021
Nigeria

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