ROLE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT
To do this, the research uses a descriptive technique, as well as a structured questionnaire and interview for data collecting. The study employed a simple sample size of 150 respondents.
Our findings revealed that the council has not done well in improving rural areas over time. Several recommendations were made based on the findings, including an increase in revenue allocation by both the federal and state governments,
a serious commitment by such staff to internally generated revenue, and the use of direct labour (council engineers) in carrying out projects instead of contractors. Infrastructure improvements by councils are also recommended.
Background of Study
The need to assist grassroots development is the driving force behind the establishment of local governments all over the world. The importance of local government is determined by its ability to foster a sense of belonging,
safety, and contentment among its citizens. So far, all forms of governance, regimes, and political systems have contributed to the achievement of this goal.
Local government provides a technique for assuring national administrative progress and political efficacy. Whatever the mode of government, local government has long been recognised as the primary means of achieving and ensuring national cohesion, administration, and development.
In Nigeria's sociopolitical context, with its diverse cultures, languages, and needs and means, the importance of such an organisation in fostering the necessary national consciousness, unity, and relative uniformity, as well as the preservation of peculiar diversities, cannot be overstated.
However, the ability of local government to facilitate an avenue via which government and the people interact, engage, and settle or dissolve difficulties that may have heated the system is vital to its establishment. Local government has been viewed as a cure for a wide range of challenges faced by varied people and cultures.