Nigeria and the African Charter on the Values and Principles of Decentralisation, Local Governance and Local Development: Navigating Content, Context, Issues and Prospects

Africanus: Journal of Development Studies

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Title Nigeria and the African Charter on the Values and Principles of Decentralisation, Local Governance and Local Development: Navigating Content, Context, Issues and Prospects
 
Creator Basiru, Adeniyi Semiu
Adepoju, Adewale Toyin
 
Subject decentralisation
local government
local development
Nigerian State
 
Description This article examines the major provisions of the 2014 African Charter on the Values and Principles of Decentralisation, Local Governance and Local Development (hereafter the Charter) and the prognosis for the prospects of its actualisation in Nigeria. Specifically, it notes that if this Charter is viewed within the purview of the philosophical principles and values that undergird it, it seems novel. If it is domesticated and internalised by the Nigerian governing elites and their counterparts in other African countries, especially at the federal and local levels, it could be the springboard for ensuring development at grass-roots level. However, based on the evidence they gathered from the review of the country’s development history, the authors argue and submit that the objective of the Charter has a slim prospect of being realised in Nigeria, given the convoluted nature of the Nigerian federal state and the political environment that has sustained it. The article calls for the restructuring of the convoluted Nigerian federal system in order to allow peripheral governments to have more power and resources.
 
Publisher Unisa Press
 
Date 2019-02-26
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://upjournals.co.za/index.php/Africanus/article/view/4975
10.25159/0304-615X/4975
 
Source Africanus: Journal of Development Studies; Vol. 48 No. 1 (2018); 22 pages
2663-6522
0304-615X
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://upjournals.co.za/index.php/Africanus/article/view/4975/3605
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Unisa Press
 

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