Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name



Department of Political Science

First Advisor

Larry Moss


The objectives of this study were to determine the degree to which the Local Government reforms stipulated by the Federal Military Government of Nigeria in 1976 and subsequently incorporated into the 1979 federal Constitution were achieved during the civilian governed Second Republic, 1979-83. The administrative and legal developments of Local Governments in the northern states of Nigeria is used as general background in comparing the status of Local Government finances, social services and personnel matters before the reforms with their status after the reforms. The states' and federal governments edicts were generally found to have failed in Nigeria's attempt to establish a viable level of Local Government free of the problems present before the reforms. The study indicates that conditions at the local level worsened during the Second Republic, These failures at the local level contributed to the nation's instability setting the stage for the 1983 coup d'etat.