- LACK OF FUND: Most local government do not have enough means of generating funds internally.
- Lack of adequately trained personnel: Local government do not have enough professionally qualified and experienced technicians, craftsmen, etc in fulfilling the purpose of their establishment.
- Political interference: political parties interfere with the appointment of personnel along party lines in local government where their members are in power.
- Bribery and corruption involving the officials of local governments undermine the effective performance of the local government administration.
- Ethnicity, nepotism and favoritism: These feature in the appointment promotion discipline and transfer of local government staff.
THE 1976 LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORMS
THE MURTALA/OBASANJO REGIME EFFECTED A UNIFORM LOCAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION THROUGH OUT THE COUNTRY IN 1976
- The 1976 reform introduced a uniform system whereby the native authorities, municipal councils, district and country council were scrapped and replaced with the title of local government council nationwide.
- The federal government introduced the local government service board or commission throughout the country that control appointments, promotion, transfer and discipline of local government employees.
- The federal government became directly involved in the administration of the local government through policy guidelines.
- The reform excluded traditional ruler from the local government councils.
- The reforms democratized the local government councils as the chairmen and councilors were elected to serve full time for three years.
ROLES OF TRADITIONAL RULERS IN GOVERNMENT
- They are the custodian of custom and traditions of their people and seen as royal fathers.
- They serve as link with the people and the government in carrying out government functions.
- They settled disputes and inter-communal clashes in their respective domain
- They collect taxes for the government.