Efforts have geared towards moving the system from local administration to local government with functional political and economic autonomy. This paper examines the place of local government in the Nigerian federal framework autonomy or servitude. Thus, this paper intends to show the relationships among the three tiers of government since the adoption of the federal system of government in Nigeria. This is despite the fact that autonomy is one of the prerequisites for a smooth running of the local government system.
It has established that the system is currently entwined between federal and state powers that have left it with little or no decisional power autonomy. The creation of more local governments was a bold step by the then military administration to achieve this developmental stance and to ensure popular participation. Inroduction and background to the study. Instead, what we have currently in Nigeria is a case where the local governments are mere extension of the state government. But despite constitutional provisions that specify the powers of each level of government in Nigeria, local governments are suffering from lack of autonomy. In the past, some state governors have used their local government to play politics. How to align the text as horizontally and vertically center. There is a need for a local government that is truly autonomous vis-a-vis state and federal governments.