Challenges of Expanding Internally Generated Revenue in Local Government Council Areas in Nigeria

  •  Maurice Ayodele Coker    
  •  Felix Onen Eteng    
  •  Tabitha Venenge Agishi    
  •  Hilary Idiege Adie    


Availability of adequate financial resources are desirous for any organization to achieve the purposes for which it is established. Local government councils in Nigeria are created statutorily to perform clearly assigned functions. Experience has however demonstrated that these councils have fallen short of achieving the objectives for which they were indorsed. Some reasons have been espoused by scholars for the failing performances of most local government councils in Nigeria. Against this backdrop, this study seeks to posit that local government councils are likely to achieve their set objectives to a large extent if their internally generated revenue (IGR) are expanded. Also, the study seeks to postulate the capacity of local government councils in Nigeria to sustainably expand their internally generated revenue (IGR) is inhibited by the kind of strategies adopted and by some critical challenges facing them. To enable the explication of the assumption, the study adopts a conscious survey of relevant literature on our subject matter. The data generated are systematically analyzed to verify the validity of the above assumptions. The study maintains that apart from the fact that the fiscal federalism apparently seem unfavourable to the local government functional responsivities, it has nevertheless the provided for adequate source for their internally generated revenue to augment the federally allocated funds. Again, sundry factors hinders the expansion internally generate revenue have been identified and recommendations for boosting IGR in local government councils in Nigeria have also been articulated.

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