Meaning Of Local Government In Nigeria

Meaning of Local Government.

There are three levels of Government in Nigeria.The federal government which is the most powerful government has it's seat Abuja.The state Government is the second and are in capitals of each thirty-six states sn Nigeria.The local Government is the closest to the people.It is the government that controls the public affairs of the people at the Local Government areas.The head of a local government is a chairman.councillors are also elected to represent the people at the local government council.

Important of Local Government includes the following:

(1)  Provision of social amenities like market stalls,schools, clinic, water etc.

(2) Setting up laws to guide the behavior of people in the society

(3) Maintenance of law and order in the local government area.

(4) Provision of roads to link communities

(5) Provision of health services in the local government area.

(6) Establishment of customary courts in their areas.

Problems of Local Government

(1) Inadequate finance

(2) Corruption

(3) low level of education of personal

How to solve the problems of Local Government

(1) Proper funding by the federal and state government

(2) Payment of taxes and other levies by the people to the local government 

(3)Trai of the workforce or personel.

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  • The local government is also considered as the grass root and are only able to provide things like markets. They also settle inter communal disputes. The local government has the least power and so therefore, great matters are not usually referred to them.

    - Emmanuel Agbasielo - 2019-10-07 18:37:54 Quote

  • I will drop an opinion on the solution of the local government. There should be a restructuring in the Constitution of the budget of Nigeria. In the allocation of revenue, it should be almost equally shared, for instance 35% should go to the federal government, 35% to the state government, 30 % to the local, by this there will be an even development in the country.

    - Okeimor Success - 2019-10-08 11:23:39 Quote

  • The essence of local government creation is to involve local participation in the affairs of their country,and to bring them into the realms of politics at the grassroots. Most modern states and governments embrace three or two tiers of governments, as we have in nigeria

    - Adeleke Rasheed - 2019-10-08 17:29:25 Quote

  • this piece is very helpful and it just buttresses the point and view that the local government serves as a link that connects the people to the government. Local government is very essential in the development of a state as they have a lot of underlying functions that theu have to perform to keep the state running

    - Maryam Mumuni - 2019-10-08 18:16:56 Quote

  • I have learnt about this from my secondary school. I just hope the local government will adopt the solutions to the pending problem in the community. It was will really help. The thing is, they already know the step to take but they are not willing to take it.

    - Faith Akodu - 2019-10-08 18:30:02 Quote

  • The local government is not functioning as it is expected ,even at the federal level there are things that the federal government are supposed to take care of are left undone so I think the problem is not just from the local or state level , all goes down to corruption

    - akinbode paul - 2019-10-09 18:23:41 Quote

  • I will add it into saying that for things to work out we need to look into the solution first and work will commence with the look of things I think the new government ise ready to give it's full support

    - Chivivian7 Okeke - 2019-10-09 20:06:51 Quote

  • A local government isa form of public administration which, ina majority of contexts, exists as thelowest tier of administrationwithin a givenstate. The termis used tocontrast with offices at state level, whichare referred toas thecentral government , national government, or (where appropriate) federal government and also to supranational government whichdeals with governing institutions between states. Localgovernments generally actwithin powersdelegated to them by legislationor directivesof thehigherlevel of government. In federal states , local government generally comprises thethird (orsometimes fourth) tier of government, whereasin unitary states , local government usually occupies thesecond orthird tier of government, often with greater powersthan higher- level administrative divisions.....

    - Olawoore Gloria Olamide - 2019-10-09 22:19:51 Quote

  • Local government is a type of government established by act of parliament  to provide basic service to the people at the grassroot level and they help to bring government nearer to the people

    Also help in construction of health centers 

    maternity homes

    Provision of water

    Maintenance of roads 

    Naming of streets

    - Rasaq Afeez - 2019-10-10 07:54:34 Quote

  • Local government is very important because the very close to the masses the know must problem that the people of a specific community are facing but the federal government and the state government the still don't recognize the local government as anything due to the corruption and their selfish interest 

    - Luckru Bako - 2019-10-11 12:01:39 Quote

  • The local government is described to be the smallest unit of government in Nigeria... It is like the nearest and easiest bridge the citizens use to pass their informations to the federal government... The importance of a good local government cannot be underestimated in Nigeria 

    - Awe Olusanya - 2019-10-11 18:43:43 Quote

  • Local government is very important because they are established to provide basic services to the people at the grassroot and they also provides needed amenities like water, schools etc to the people, 

    - Ebere Chinyere - 2019-10-11 23:21:10 Quote

  • wow this reminds me of civics education back in secondary school!! but yes you are correct and I believe it was helpful, it's important to know how your country works after all

    - Ango Jeffrey - 2019-10-12 18:50:59 Quote

  • ​​​​local government is very important because they need to provide need for people in the community but due to corruption needs are not flowing to the definition... Only God is our Local Government we pray for and fulfill our needs.

    - Adebisi Samson - 2019-10-12 19:13:21 Quote

  • Local Goverment chairmen are so selfish to the extent that they only tile the roads that link to their various destinations, they aren't concern about the condition of the residents. All they do is to make false promises while campaigning for elections. So shameful that the Oba of my community is performing so well than the so called Chairman of the local Government of my area.

    - Peter Oluwadamilare - 2019-10-12 20:17:28 Quote

  • such local government area is administered by a Local Government Council consisting of a chairman who is the Chief Executive of the LGA, and other elected members who are referred to as Councillors. Each of the areas is further subdivided into wards with a minimum of ten and a maximum of fifteen for each area.

    - Abdulateef Osuolale - 2019-10-12 22:52:56 Quote

  • Nigeria has 774 local Government Area (L G As). Each Local Government Area is administered by Local Government council consisting of a chairman who is the chife Executive of the LGA, and other elected members who are referred to as councilors. Each of the area is further subdivided into wards with a minimum of ten and a maximum of fifteen for each area.

    - Akuru Emmanuel Nnamdi - 2019-10-12 23:22:19 Quote

  • Historically, Local governments were created with the ultimate goal of bringing government closer to the people at the grassroots. In Nigeria, the local government reforms aimed both to accelerate development and to enable the local population participate and hold those in power accountable for their governance roles. But its unfortunate that history is forgotten in this country,.. It's essence has been defeated.

    - Emerald De Phife - 2019-10-13 02:34:21 Quote

  • Local government is the government that closer to the people at the grass root, centered with the sustainable development such as provision of essential service, like good road, education, health services and among others.

    - Zekeli it Musa - 2019-10-13 03:09:12 Quote

  • Local government is the third level of government in Nigeria and it is the one in charge of the town in its region because the state government can't know everything happening in the state so we have people in charge of the local government 

    - Dedeigbo Idowu - 2019-10-13 15:49:04 Quote

  • Local government in Nigeria should also Cater for the distributions of some goodies and foodstuffs to those that are penniless or that don't have enough to eat. And they should also cater for distribution of foods in each primary school

    - Taofik Adebanjo - 2019-10-13 19:44:51 Quote

  • Local government is a governments at the grass-roots level, there the rural areas of people in our locaity.They raise their funds  with little assistance from the federal government. Although they are seeking for self governance yet not achieved. 

    - Ibiso Amachree - 2019-10-13 19:49:34 Quote

  • Yes it is really helpful, local government being the third tier of government which is the closest to the people provide borehole s,good road and light a and so on for the people around that area.we have the local government chairman, the counselor and so on who are willing to provide for the people. Reason why we have local government is that our country is a big country so it has to be dived into three tiers federal-state-local government so that everyone will benefit from government and no one will be left out

    - Oloyede Ireoluwa - 2019-10-13 19:52:29 Quote

  • Local government was created to be the grass root government and the government closest to the people. So far, they have been limited due to lack of adequate revenue. They state government should give more revenue to the local government to enable them perform better

    - Ajayi Samuel - 2019-10-13 20:11:45 Quote

  • To a layman's understanding, local government is the third tier of government with the sole aim of bringing government closer to the people. The arr the tool through which the federal and state government communicate with people at the grassroot level.they brings government policy and development to the people at the grassroot level.the topic is discussed in details in civic education and government.

    - Abuchi Valentine - 2019-10-13 20:24:35 Quote

  • Local Government is a form of public administration which, in the majority of contexts, exists as the lowest administration of administration within a given state. .. Local government generally act within power delegated to them by legislation or directive of the higher level of government.

    - Akpan Samuel - 2019-10-14 10:17:52 Quote

  • The local government is the third tier of government and regarded as a grassroot government which ensures close ties with citizens living in the country. it also provides funds and a source of revenue to the state government. they cater for the needs of the people by provision of social amenities etc, construction of communities roads. The allocation of funds by the federal and state governments to the local government hasn't been much effective to the development and growth in their surrounding areas. If the local government is funded adequately, it will allow for a very fast pace in the economic development and growth of such state.

    - Boluwatife Adeoye - 2019-10-14 12:13:59 Quote

  • In my own opinion the Local Government is the Government that is near to the people.they carry our need and complain to the state Government and the state Government take it to the federal government.The local government understands what the people are going through because they live close to us 

    - Isuwa Danladi - 2019-10-14 13:50:09 Quote

  • The local government are those who are very clos to people, listen to there problems and interact with the state government to fine the solution on how to solve the problem for the people of the society

    - JULUUS POLYCARP - 2019-10-14 14:47:52 Quote

  • The local government as the third tier of government in Nigeria, it has it own power to  give judgement and to maintain law in the community. It takes the problem of it society to the higher government and most important is that it is entitled to the federation revenue share.

    - Kareem Aleem - 2019-10-15 08:28:47 Quote

  • Local government is even considered the best arms of government that is closer to the people or the grass root in which the needs of the people at the far end is been considered and the opinion of the people also.

    Its literally created in order to bring the government and the people at the grassroot closer.

    - Ibraheem Omolewa - 2019-10-16 04:17:18 Quote

  • Local government is the closest to the minorities. They are the one that feel and understand what the minorities are going through. They should be the one to make the state government realise what is going on among the people.

    - Opeyemi Azeez - 2019-10-16 04:30:31 Quote

  • The local government was created in order to reduce the work load of the state government. It was also created to deal with matters of local concern. That is the main reason why it is called the 3rd tie of government. the local government help to reduce the work load of the federal and state government in different ways. the local government make sure that all voice are heard in a country by providing opportunities for the local people to participate in the polities of their country

    - Kelvin Aifuwa - 2019-10-16 05:56:55 Quote

  • a matter of fact,the Local government plays a vital role among the educates and expose the local people on their right and political awareness. It help them to take active role and part in steering the political activities on local helps to eradicate political apathy among the people.finally it also prepare the local people to have the knowledge in governance

    - EKPENDU SOLOMON - 2020-01-07 16:15:18 Quote

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