This project is focused on The impact of 1976 local government reforms on rural development. This research work was purposed at recognizing the impact of 1976 local government reforms on rural development in Nigeria, Ngor-Okpala local government area of Imo State was used as a case study because of it’s nearness and proximity to the researcher. local government as a lowest unit of administration has many responsibility, roles ad functions, Ngor-Okpala local government council and her policies have efficiently contributed to bring about rural development. Data used in this research were collected through questionnaires, direct interview and field observation of various projects executed by the council area of a space time. More data was collected through the consultation of related literature on the local government itself. Finally, this study draws the attention of the policy makers within the local government council to admit honesty, intelligent and to make trustworthiness their watchword. The administrators and the management of the local government affairs should try to avoid mismanagement, corruption, embezzlement and misappropriation of fund. Therefore, that is to admit that local government will be an effective and efficient tool for rural development due to these reforms.