Local Government Autonomy and the Burden of Providing Quality Basic Education in Nigeria

Owede, Kosioma E, Mbadiwe-Woko, E. F.


Education as a socialization process is used by all Nations to prepare her citizens for sustenance and transformation of the entire facets of the society. Nigeria is not an exception, though with different methods of operation in the provision, funding and management. The foundation of any setup determines the level of durability and quality. Basic education constitutes the foundation of the educational process in Nigeria which is provided and funded by the third tier of government, Local Government. This paper examines the concept of basic education, its importance, characteristic and the problems plaguing itsprovision and management, bothering on funding. This stage is not properly funded thus affecting the provision of basic infrastructure and facilities needed for its smooth operation, due to poor leadership, misplacement of priority and politicization leading to mismanagement. The state government gives a reasonable support due to its constitutional authority that is been queried culminating into agitations of Local Government autonomy. But caution is the watch word, for if autonomy is to be granted then the constitutional role of provision of basic education should be withdrawn with the federal and state government taking over fully.


Keywords: Basic Education, Local Government, Management, Funding, Autonomy. 

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