Measures to Improve Local Government Administration: Integrity, Honesty, and Transparency
The following measures if put in place can improve local government administration.
(i) Improved Funding: The Federal and State governments should increase the funds of Local governments. Its statutory allocation from State and Federal governments shall be increased. Its share from the Federation account shall be increased.
(ii) Each Local government should use their initiative to create avenues to raise funds.
(iii) The Local government council members should be elected through transparent and regular elections.
(iv) The council members should be elected on their own merit, not by godfathers and vote-buying. Even Local government staff should be employed based on merit.
(v) Local Government Commission should involve a transparent action plan for local governments to generate revenue internally.
(vi) Federal and State government interference in Local governments should be minimized. They should all respect the rule of law and court judgements.
(vii) Technology should be applied in the operations of the Local government systems to enhance efficiency and check fraud.
(viii) The Central government should scrutinize and approve all loans contracted by Local governments.
(ix) The Staff of Local governments should be trained and retrained in modern Local government administration.
(x) The condition of service of workers of Local governments should be improved to attract better-qualified personnel.
(xi) The account of Local governments should be audited regularly by both internal and external auditors to check fraud and financial misappropriation.
(xii) Both Federal and State governments should grant financial autonomy to Local governments.