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THE ROLE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
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Local Government exists to fill the gap, which the national government is too remote to fill. This means that local government complements and extends the national government. It has been recognized as one important instrument for rural transformation and for the delivery of social services development has passed through some stages of reforms since its evolution.
In Nigeria, local government as the third tier of government nearest to the people has been recognized as an institution capable of transforming the ares of the rural inhabitant .
Consequently, there has been continuous attempts either to create new local governments or lamp the existing ones in the country with the objective of utilizing them as fulcrums for achieving national development.
There has been an increasing upsurge of interest in the literature of development administration and in planning circles on the positive role local government could play in national development. The emphasis is in terms of using local government as a strategic instrument for fostering, promoting and implementing national development projects.
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Local government administration is used as a form of devolution of powers of the state. It is the government at the grass root level that is designed to serve as instrument of rural transformation and development to the society in general.
Local government in Nigeria plays immense role especially in promoting, coordinating and providing community amenities as well as encouraging greater mass participation and involvement in the running of local government affairs and the use of local resources to the optional level. From ideological perspective, local government for tiers the principle of democracy as local government rings government nearer to the people and if properly designed gives room for mass participation in governance.
Furthermore, local government are designed to achieve multidimensional goals in terms of economic, social and political development local government, which is the focus of this write up is responsible for the provision of basic community requirements. To achieve its objective, Aninri Local Government should be adequately funded, and manned by well trained, dedicated personnel.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
The creation of Aninri local government in 1996 by the military government under late General Sani Abachas administration was meant to bring development to the doorsteps of the various communities Viz. Ndeaboh, Mpu, Okpanku, Oduma and Nenwe. It is important to sate that local government should not be abandoned while drafting the constitution in order to strengthen the importance to national development. The autonomy of the local government should be recognized to enable it serve as effective third tier of government as stated in the constitution.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of Content
1.1Background of the Study
1.2Statement of the Problem
1.3Objective of the Study
1.5Significance of the Study
1.6Scope of the Study
1.7 Limitations of the Study
REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE
2.1Meaning of Local Government
2.2Local Government Reforms in Nigeria
2.3Relationship Between Local Government and National Government
2.5The Need for Local Government
RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY
3.1Source of Data
3.2Population of Study
3.3Determination of Sample Size
3.5Selection and Construction of Research Instrument
3.6Administration of Research Instrument
3.7Instrument Return Rate
DATA PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS
SUMMARY OF FINDINGS, RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONCLUSION
5.1Summary of Findings