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Analysis of Local Government Performance and Leadership in Nigeria

Ada Uche
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 2, No 4 | a70 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v2i4.70 | © 2014 Ada Uche | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 November 2016 | Published: 01 December 2014

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Ada Uche, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States

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This paper examines the quality of local government leaderships in Nigeria. It explores how local governments’ inefficiency and poor leadership have been a major challenge facing the development process in Nigeria. The paper has two objectives. The first is to identify the professionalism of a sample of Nigerian local government chairpersons. The second is to examine whether there are systematic correlations between local government chairpersons’ professionalism, political partisanship, local characteristics, and performance. The paper argues that the quality of local government chairpersons has significant policy implications because of their vital role in policy making and implementation. The concluding section provides some policy recommendations on how local government leaders could improve performance.


Local Government; Performance; Leadership; Education; Public Policy; Sustainable Development


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