LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Nigeria’s Untapped Goldmine


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LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Nigeria's Untapped Goldmine

Nigeria is structured strategically under the three tiers, the federal, state and local government but for a very long time now, not so much has neither been said nor done about the later.

While these three tiers have their respective role to play in the developmental process of the country, they all aim at improving the state of things in Nigeria.

Focusing on the local government in particular here, it was established basically in order to carry those living in the rural parts of Nigeria along in everything Nigeria.

Thus, just like the name suggests, ‘local government’, governs the activities of the various localities in the country and serves as an instrument through which the plights, as well as the progress of those living in such areas, are being referred to the federal government through the state.

Therefore, the importance of this particular tier of government can never be overemphasized.

Note, more than 75% of Nigerians live in the rural parts of the country. And this is obviously one of the reasons why the federal government needs to focus more on everything that has to do with the tier.

Again, the poor state of most local government areas in the country is dehumanizing.

This goes to show that neither the federal government nor state government is executing their duties right since they both ought to oversee the activities of the rural dwellers.

Local governments in Nigeria are faced with serious issues such as bad roads, lack of electricity, unemployment, lack of healthy water, poor educational policies/system and lack of good medical centres among many.

Remember, rural areas in the country are the ones sustaining Nigeria when it comes to agriculture. Yet, these farmers are not the only crude in practice; the federal and state governments have not been helpful either.

What about subsidizing farm needs of farmers and construction of good roads to enable more outcome as well as means of transportation for the farmers?

If the federal and state governments could redirect their attention to such areas in the country there will not only be positives changes and better lifestyles alone in those communities but their farming activities will boost the country’s economy to a very reasonable level.


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