Local Government Administration in Nigeria: A Critical Evaluation

  • Kehinde John Adegbite University of Lagos, Nigeria


Local government administration (LGA) is germane to the dividend as well as development of democracy and democratic values. This tier is the closest government to the people in any democratic country of the world. In Nigeria, a number of issues have been raised to challenge the administration process of this tier of government. This paper is aimed to examine LGA in Nigeria by looking at various issues that have contributed to its development. The conceptualization of LGA is looked into in order to have offered an insight and to distinguish it from other forms of government. The study employed participatory theory to analyzed issues in LGA process. The theoretical framework helps to grasp the understanding of the principles of LGA procedure. The research has made commendable effort in discussing in details, the evolution of local government in Nigeria from colonial rule to major landmark reforms of 1976, 1988 and 2003 respectively. In the final analysis of the study, it offers the functions and challenges of LGA. The study recommends workable solutions that will improve the administration and functions of local governments in Nigeria. One of such recommendations is the granting of full autonomy to local government. Local government autonomy is in line with the practice of true federalism which promotes socio-political equity and justice. The study recommends the promotion of grassroots’ democracy through “bottom-up” approach and not “top-down” exercise as it is presently practiced in most states of the federation, the practice of appointment of sole administrator local authorities.

Keywords: Bottom-up approach, Federalism, Local government administration.

How to Cite
ADEGBITE, Kehinde John. Local Government Administration in Nigeria: A Critical Evaluation. KIU Journal of Humanities, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 3, p. 7-17, oct. 2019. ISSN 2522-2821. Available at: <https://ijhumas.com/ojs/index.php/kiuhums/article/view/606>. Date accessed: 25 jan. 2022.