Intergovernmental Relationship and Local Government Development: Evidence from Rivers State

INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONSHIP AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT DEVELOPMENT: EVIDENCE FROM RIVERS STATE

ALASIN CAPTAIN BRIGGS

Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences

Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt

Rivers State

ABSTRACT

This study assessed the impact of intergovernmental relationship and local government development in Rivers State. The objective was to examine the effect of administrative relationship, constitutional relationship, financial relationship and state-local government relationship on the development of local government in Rivers State. Questionnaire was administered to 400 respondents selected from the three senatorial districts. Simple mean and standard deviation coefficient were used as data analyses methods. The study found that administrative relationship, constitutional relationship and state –local government relationship have significant effect on local government development while financial relationship does not affect the development of local government in Rivers State. The study recommends that strategies such as constitutional reforms, revenue sharing formula and re-structuring of the federal system of government should be carried out to management the challenges in intergovernmental relationship in Nigeria. Enhancement of intergovernmental relationship should be encouraged at the local government level to make the system truly emanate from the people and that direct allocation of finances to local government is important for their development. The issue of state/local government joint account is a strangulation of the system, as often state government makes substantial deduction from the local government funds and uses other financial instruments to control local government chief executives for their selfish interest.

Keywords: Intergovernmental Relationship, Local Government Development, Constitutional Relationship, Financial Relationship

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Briggs, A.C (2022). Intergovernmental Relationship and Local Government Development: Evidence from Rivers State. International Journal of Research in Education and Sustainable Development, 2(2), 50-70. Available online at: https://www.ijaar.org/articles/ijresd/v2n2/ijresd-v2n1-Jan22-p2140.pdf

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