Local Government Administration In Nigeria: 12 Quick Facts You Should Know

The Nigerian executive arm is comprised of 3 tiers of government namely the Federal, State and Local Government.

This article contains some quick facts about Local Government Administration that you should know. 

Local Government Administration In Nigeria: Quick Facts

1. Nigeria is currently made up of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory and a total of 774 Local Government Areas. 

2. Each local government area in Nigeria is administered by a Local Government Council.

3. The head of a local government is the chairman who is the Chief Executive of the local government area. 

4. Other elected members elected who are under the chairman is referred to as Councillors.
5. Each of the areas under the councillors is further subdivided into wards,with a minimum of ten and a maximum of fifteen for each area.

6. This system of government was designed in such a way that people living in rural areas will feel the impact of the government via the chairman and the local government ruling body.

7. The State government has power to sack the local government chairmen and also conducts the election for the local government through the independent national electoral commission (INEC).

8. The nation’s revenue is shared between the Federal, State and Local Government areas.

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9. The local government receives about 20% of the nations revenue,while the remaining percentage is shared amongst the state and federal government.

10. The local government areas in Nigeria receives allocation from the state government and does not enjoy autonomy. 

11. The local government area give recommendation to the state government. 
12. Some functions of Local Governments In Nigeria Include: 
  • (a) Collection of taxes and fees.
  • (b) Licensing of bicycles, trucks ,canoes, wheel barrows and carts.
  • (c) Maintenance,regulation of markets,motor parks and public conveniences.
  • (d) Naming of roads and streets in the state and numbering of houses. 
  • (e) Registration of births, deaths and marriages. 
  • (f) Issuing of levy to local shops
  • (g) Repairs,construction and maintenance of state roads, streets, drains and other public parks,open spaces Etc
  • (h) Registration of births, deaths and marriages. 
  • (i) Control and regulation of out door activities like advertising Etc