LOCAL GOVERNMENT AS AN INSTRUMENT OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT (A CASE STUDY OF MUNYA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF NIGER STATE, NIGERIA
Keywords:Development, Government, Munya, Local, Rural
The aim of every government is to provide services to its citizens and to improve their quality of lives. The main objective of the study is to examine the extent to which Munya Local Government as an instrument of rural development perform its functions. The study went further to determine the performance of Munya local government with regard to the development of rural areas from 2017-2022. It went further to identify the problems faced by Munya local government in the performance of its function as an instrument of rural development the study went further to proffer measures that need to be taken to incisively address the problem faced by Munya local government in its rural development strategy. The study David Easton’s Systems theory. The mixed method of data collection was adopted with primary data collected from interview of purposively selected Key informants spread across Munya Local Government and inspection of projects executed from 2017-2022. The study also discovered that Munya Local Government have succeeded in execution of some projects across the Local Government Area though not evenly spread in some instances. The study also discovered that the developmental task of Munya Local Government is affected by some problems such as inadequacy of funds, corrupt practices at different levels, Joint State-Local Government Allocation (JSLGA) amongst others. The study recommended that the federal government should ensure that local governments are adequately funded and these funds should be transferred directly to the local governments' account to prevent the state government from having access to these funds. This will adequately improve the provision of social services in the rural areas. This will make the rural dwellers feel the impact of government. Projects committees should be set up in every local government with each ward represented so as to determine the evenness of executed projects; this will lead to even development. More Local Governments should be created so as to reduce the sizes of some of the existing ones, thereby bringing government closer to the people. The activities of the economic and financial crime commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences commission (ICPC) should be extended to both state and local government level in order to investigate the expenditure of the funds allocated to the local governments at the end of every financial year so as to bring sanity in the system.
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