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Local government council as a constituent of the Nigerian Federation: benefits and constitutional constraints

C.I. Obika


The Local Government Council as a system of governance in Nigeria is provided for in the Constitution of Nigeria,1 even though it did not make it part of the federating unit of Nigeria. The benefit of making it a constituent part of the federation are enormous, because being the government closest to the people, especially the rural community, they know the immediate needs of the people and are better able to meet same. They are both cost effective and even more efficient in implementing laws, especially revenue and tax laws, and consequently, bring development to the people.

Keywords: Local Government Council, Nigerian Federation, Benefits, Constitutional Constraints