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Local government financial management

CHAPTER ONE 

 INTRODUCTION
 1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
 Local government is the third tier of government, exercising authority within a defended area in a state. It is designed to mobilize the people at the local level and to ensure popular participation, by bringing the government nearer to the majority of the population, put simply, it is aimed at bringing even and rapid development at the grass root level throughout the country. The creation of local government is based on the principle of decentralization the idea being that local governments nearer to the people, have potential to increase grass roots participation in the development process. Before the 1976 local government reforms, local governments in Nigeria were colonial innovation through which the natives were involved in modern government in line with the indirect rule system being practiced by the colonial masters. Between 1980’s and the 1930’s, the colonial native authorities were established in their rudimentary forms in the country. Lord Lugard, the British administrator who became the governor of amalgamated Nigeria in 1914 used traditional rulers as natives authority to administer colonial policies especially in the collection of taxes and rates to maintain the government of the time. However, the use of traditional rulers in the administration of native authorities was possible in the northern part of the country because of the already existing traditional institution, Ugwu (1989:49) Nonetheless, the situation was different in the southern Nigeria, which introduced the system of chiefs-in-council, and chiefs and council successively instead of sole native authorities. By this arrangement, the chiefs and emirs were required at least in theory to consult with the other members of the council. The 1950s had also marked the beginning of the democratization of the local government administration, with

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Number of Pages97 pages
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two Literature review
Chapter three  methodology
Chapter  four  Data analysis
Chapter  five Summary,discussion & recommendations
ReferenceReference
QuestionnaireQuestionnaire
AppendixAppendix
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