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Politicisation of Local Government Appointment And Service Delivery In Nigeria.

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Politicisation of Local Government Appointment And Service Delivery In Nigeria.

ABSTRACT

The growing importance of administration can be traced back not only to changes in the volume, complexity and specialization of government, but to changes in the relationship between governmental organizations and their environment.

The nexus between the local government and democratic governance has been keenly explored on intense academic debates.

These debates have aimed at beaming attention on systems such as poor service delivery, lack of accountability, poor staffing and total politicization of local government appointments.

The study investigated politicisation of local government appointment and service delivery in Nigeria. Consequently, the study was conducted in Enugu State.

The framework of analysis used in this study is the bureaucratic theory as propounded by Max Weber.

The idea of neutral competence, or authority of expertise, as shown by appointed officials who were recruited on the basis of competence and expert knowledge, skills and experience were valuable for conducting the business of government and could help to educate politicians and restrain their partisan inclinations.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title page  – – – – – – – – – –  – i

Approval page – – – – – – – – – – ii

Dedication  – – – – – – – – – – – iii

Acknowledgements – – – – – – – – – – iv

Abstract  – – – – – – – – – – – v

Table of Contents  – – – – – – – – – – vi

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION

1.1 Background to the Study  – – – – – – – -1

1.2 Statement of the Problem  – – – – – – – – 6

1.3 Objectives of the Study – – – – – – – –  – 8

1.4 Significance of the Study  – – – – – – – 9

1.5 Scope and Limitations of the Study  – – – – – – – 10

CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW AND RESEARCH PROCEDURE

2.1 Literature Review  – – – – – – – – – 11

2.1.1 The Concept of Politics  – – – – – – – – 11

2.1.2 The Nature of Politics in Nigeria  – – – – – – 13

2.1.3 The Concept and Level of politicization in Nigeria  – – -15

2.1.4.     Local Government Conceptualized  – – – – – – 17

2.1 5 Reasons for the Establishment of Local Government  – – – – 20

2.1.6 Foundation of Nigeria local government (Native Authority-1903-1950) –  – 22

2.1.7 The Collapse of the Native Authority System (1950-1966)  – – 24

2.1.8.   Local Government under the Military Rule (1966-1976)  – – 25

2.1.9 The 1976 local government reforms and After-Maths-1976-1983  – 26

2.1.10 Local Government since 1999  – – – – – – 27

2.1.11 Appointment in Local Government in Enugu State  – – – – 28

2.1.12 Manifestation of Politicization in Enugu State Local Government System  – 30

2.1.13Implications of Politicization of  Local Government Appointment  and Service Delivery in Enugu State  – – – – – 32

2.2 Theoretical Framework   – – – – – – – 32

2.3 Hypotheses – – – – – – – – – – 37

2.4 Operationalization of the Key Concepts   – – – – –  – 38

2.5 Research Procedure   – – – – – – – – 40

2.5.1 Types of Study  – – – – – – – – 40

2.5.2 Data Gathering Instrument  – – – – – – –  – 40

2.5.3 Population of Study  – – – – – – – – 41

2.5.4 Sample  Size   – – – – – – – – – – 41

2.5.5 Sample Procedure  – – – – – – – – – 42

2.5.6 Validation and Reliability of Instrument – – – – – -43

2.5.7 Method of Data Analysis  – – – – – – – – 43

CHAPTER THREE: BACKGROUND   INFORMATION ON ENUGU STATE

3.1  Historical Development  – – – – – – – – 44

3.2 Administrative Structure  – – – – – – – 45

3.3  Geography – – – – – – – – – – 46

3.4  History – – – – – – – – – – 47

3.5  Politics – – – – – – – – – – 48

3.6  Administrative Divisions  – – – – – – – – 48

3.7  Economy  – – – – – – – – – – 49

3.8  Energy – – – – – – – – – – 49

3.9  Education – – – – – – – – – – 50

3.10  Medical Development of Enugu State  – – – – – – 52

3.11  Culture and Tradition of the People of Enugu State – – – – 52

3.12  List of Administrators and Governors of Enugu State  – – –  – 56

 CHAPTER FOUR: DATA PRESENTATION, ANALYSIS AND FINDINGS

4.1 Data Presentation  – – – – – – – – – 57

4.2 Analysis – – – – – – – – – – – 71

4.3 Findings  – – – – – – – – – – 72

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONCLUSION

5.1 Summary  – – – – – – – – – – 75

5.2 Recommendations  – – – – – – – – – 76

5.3 Conclusion – – – – – – – – – – 78

BIBLIOGRAPHY

APPENDIX

INTRODUCTION

Background to the Study

The term local government administration in Nigeria has attracted serious attention both nationally and internationally since the great local government reform of 1976.

Local government is the closest tier of government to the people of Nigeria, yet the resident population in it is denied the benefits of its existence.

The failure of local government in the area of service delivery over the years has made the citizens to loose faith and trust in local government administration as an institution in Nigeria.

From historical perspective, modern local government administration in Nigeria can be traced to the British system of local government.

But it should be stated however, that local administration did not start with the advent of British Administration in Nigeria, because some forms of system of local government administration pre-dated the British rule.

Local government administration is one of man’s oldest institutions.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Adamolekun L (1998). Politics and administration in Nigeria, Ibadan: Spectrum Book Ltd. 

Adamolekun, L. (2002) Public Administration in Africa. Spectrum books.

Adamolekun, L. (2006) Politics, Bureaucracy and Development in Africa. Ibadan: Spectrum Book Ltd.

Adamolekun, L.(1987).Public administration: A Nigerian and comparative perspective, Lagos: Longman Nigeria Ltd.

Ademolekun, L. (2006). Politics, bureaucracy and development in Africa Ibadan: Spectrum Books Limited.

Adewale, I.A (1999). Local government administration in Nigeria: The challenges of the 1990’s’. Ile-Ife: Department of Local Government Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University.

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