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The Quest for Community Development in Nigeria: Interrogating the Utility of Fourth-Tier System of Government in Imo State


Year published: 2019
Categories: Journal Article

Author / Authors:

  • Peter O. Mbah
  • Uchenna C. Obiagu


The recent establishment of fourth-tier system as a distinct, but coordinating level of government in Imo State came with the expectation that it would facilitate community development. However, the underdevelopment situation of most communities dashed this expectation. Thus, this recent study adopted theory of postcolonial state as our analytical framework to interrogate the development utility of the fourth-tier system using mixed research methods for evidence gathering and analysis. The analysis revealed that the system grossly underperformed its development functions resulting from lack of stakeholders’ supports, which should be the basis for determination and implementation of fourth-tier system in Imo State.

International Journal of Public Administration, 42:14, 1188-1199


  • Journal Article