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Title:Repositioning Nigerian federalism through effective local government administration
Author:Gambari, Atolagbe AlegeISNI
Periodical:African Administrative Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
local government
Abstract:This paper examines the roles of local government in a federal system of government, with particular reference to Nigeria. In a federal system, there are three tiers of governement, viz. central, state and local. Due to the peculiarities of the Nigerian system, the federal government has, over the years, especially since the 1976 reforms, taken a disproportionate interest in the administration of local government. The roles of local government can be classified broadly as political and socioeconomic. Services delivery and the mobilization of human and material resources fall into the category of socioeconomic roles, while the promotion of democracy and the provision of communication channels, fall into the category of political roles. The author suggests that in order to empower federalism, local governments should pay attention to their leadership qualities, their ability to deliver services and mobilize resources, and the way in which they exercise authority. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]