Urban Governance in Sub Saharan Africa: An Evaluation of its Effectiveness for Sustainability in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria

This paper explores governance at the local level in Nigeria drawing from the study of the situation in Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State. The essence is to evaluate urban governance with a view to determining its effectiveness for sustainability. It discusses challenges to good urban governance in the study area and suggests how governance at this level can be improved upon to ensure sustainable urban development in Nigeria. The data used in the study were derived from in-depth interviews with key stakeholders in urban affairs as well as Focus Group Discussions (FGD) with representatives of major groups in the city. This was complimented by data from secondary sources including government publications. The research reveals the nuanced understanding of the role of local government in propelling grassroots development in the area. The research is indicative of the legal, administrative and technical deficiencies of urban government in promoting development at local level in Nigeria. The local government in the area has abdicated its responsibility to the state government. This portends grave consequences for sustainable development. Urban governance in the area lacks the basic features of sustainable city development. This cannot be expected to ensure the welfare of the residents of the city particularly the poor. It is also ineffective and inequitable to promote the rule of law. There is therefore an urgent need to invigorate and improve local governance by strengthening institutional and capacity development at this level of governance.

Source: European Scientific Journal

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Publication Type Journal Article
Publisher European Scientific Journal
Year 2013
Author(s) Afolabi Aribigbola, Olakunle Michael Folami, Adewale Williams-Adewinle, Olusola Karimu
Other Numbers 9(8): 213-225
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