INSTITUTING GOOD GOVERNANCE THROUGH THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT SYSTEM

David C. Nwogbo (PhD), Mathew Ogwuche (PhD)

Abstract


Good governance is essentially lacking at the grassroots level. This has compounded the crisis of development facing Africa. Good governance is all about facilitating development, creating economic opportunities, and instituting credible accountability frameworks to govern the development process. With the population of Nigeria at over 160 million, the need to bring government nearer to the people, through good governance cannot be over-emphasised. Constitutionally, local government is charged with the statutory responsibility of bringing development nearer to the people in terms of efficient service delivery and the mobilization of the people for political development. To achieve their statutory mandate, the local governments were granted some measure of autonomy; they are entitled to 20% statutory allocation from the federal revenue, and also allowed to generate their own internal revenue. How far the local government has gone in meeting these statutory obligations is a matter of conjecture. Good governance is synonymous with accountability, and is a sine qua non for efficient service delivery. The objective of this paper is to elucidate the fact that without the institutionalization of accountability at the grassroots level where about 70% of Nigerians live, the prospects for development remain in jeopardy. The paper adopted a Methodology which relied on the critical (qualitative) analysis of secondary data in order to arrive at the findings. The paper recommends constitutional reforms and the institutionalization of accountability frameworks at the local government.


Keywords


Good Governance, Local Government System, Accountability, Efficient Service Delivery, Statutory Obligations, Sustainable Development.

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