Community development and local governments in Nigeria: A discourse
Dr. Onodugo Ifeanyi Chris, Dr Itodo SM
This paper examinedrnthe Role and Challenges of Local Government in Community Development inrnNigeria. Local government since its creation in Nigeria has been and is stillrninvolved in the process of community development which ultimately translatesrnincreased standard of living among rural dwellers. Though there is glaringrnevidence of serious inadequacies in basic social services and amenities to thernrural community, emphasis in this regard has been placed on mobilization forrnsustainable community development. Research and studies have shown that localrngovernment plays a variety of roles to meet-up with the challenges of communityrndevelopment. The paper is made up ofrnIntroduction; ConceptualClarification; local government and Community Development; Approaches tornCommunity Development, challenges to community development, Conclusion andrnRecommendations. It concluded that local governments have not been able to playrntheir constitutional roles, let alone making attempts at rural development duernin the main to the fact that they have been emasculated by other tiers ofrngovernment. It suggested the Integrated Rural Development approach in view ofrnits comprehensiveness for sustainable rural development. The paper stronglyrnrecommended autonomy for local governments. It further canvassed fiscal andrnpolitical reforms as avenues for strengthening governance in the Nigerian localrngovernment system.