The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its 2014 report stated that over 60% of the Nigerian population reside in rural areas. Local government as the third tier of the federal government structure is designed to bring sustainable development within the rural areas; but all evidence points to the fact that local governments have failed to perform their constitutional roles several decades after its creation in spite of the increasing funding from the federation account.
Several reasons have been identified as being responsible for the inability of local governments’ administration in ensuring sustainable development across the country. Some of the reasons include:
1. Absence of culture of good governance and accountability
2. Low revenue generating capacity
3. Poor leadership and management capacities of both political leadership and career bureaucrats
4. Political interference from above
The Good Governance Awareness Initiative (GGAI), operators of the Local Government Ambassadors Network envision a “society with accountability and transparent government for its citizens.
The GGAI’s Local Government Ambassadors Network (LOGAN) program aims to mobilize Nigerians living in every local government area across the federation with the sole objective of enhancing the domestication and application of the 12 principles of good governance across the local governments and national institutions.
The principle of good governance is a framework of administration developed particularly for developing countries to guide them in dealing with the problems of service delivery and democratic consolidation. It is a tool and a mechanism for enhancing service delivery and ensuring transparency in governance.
The LOGAN program will maintain presence in all the six geopolitical zones of the country under the supervision of a Regional/Zonal Coordinator with members from all the local governments across the States of the region.
As stated above, the LOGAN membership under the headship of the Regional/Zonal Coordinator will lead in mobilizing membership, and amplifying the importance and process of adopting the 12 principles of good governance by Council and State officials.