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Local Government and The Localism Principle: A Review

Ibietan, Jide (2008) Local Government and The Localism Principle: A Review. The Nigerian Journal of Public Affairs, xvii (1). ISSN 1596 - 5562

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The main aim of this paper is to highlight that despite the efforts of Successive (central) governments in Nigeria, at strengthening local government administration through the initiation of several refonns, they have not been able to convert the opportunities and their pro-ximity to the local populace into good account through qualitative service delivery. Proceeding from this, they have also not been able to justify their existence as a tier of government due to self-inflicted limitations which this paper explored. Th~ paper- is divided into: Abstract; Introduction; Conceptual discourse on local government and localism principle; A review of local government · and the localism principle in the light of several reforms; Conclusion and recommendations. The paper observed that reforms must be backed by the right (people-centred) approach to governance and a general attitudinal reorientation on the part of political leadership. The paper canvassed for the autonomy of the local governments, increase in re-venue generating efforts of this tier of government and a host of other reforms that can galvanise development in the grassroots.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2015 21:38
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2015 21:38

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