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Title:Intergovernmental Relations in Nigeria: Local Government and the 1979 Nigerian Constitution
Author:Gboyega, Alex
Periodical:Public Administration and Development
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:central-local government relations
revenue allocation
local government
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
History and Exploration
External link:https://doi.org/10.1002/pad.4230010404
Abstract:This paper examines the intergovernmental relations prescribed by the Nigerian Constitution of 1979. In particular it discusses the elevated constitutional status of local government, tracing the origins of this to the 1976 local government reform. The question of how to interpret the provisions of the Constitution on the restructuring of local government and whether this is solely a State responsibility or a joint State/Federal responsibility is analysed. The article argues that the States have political and administrative responsibility for local government whereas the Federal responsibility concerns the regulation of the amount of money to be distributed to local government from the Federal Account. The Lagos State High Court judgement which supports the view that States have political and administrative responsibility for local government, but nullified the State's legislation, is extensively reported and analysed. Also discussed is the Allocation of Revenue (Federation Account, etc.) Act 1981 which both reflects and supports the view that the federal relationship to local government is defined by finance. The paper also probes the intention of the Constituent Assembly by analysing its report. Ref.