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Federalism and Planning in Nigeria

Adam Adem Anyebe

Adam Adem Anyebe 1

  1. Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria-Nigeria 1

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Abstract:

The viewpoint often heard among students of development administration is that federalism is in conflict with national development planning; yet little is available by a way of empirical studies to demonstrate the influence of one on the other. This study was therefore undertaken to examine Nigeria’s planning experience against the background of its federal system of government. The study employed documentary sources and personal interviews for data collection. It was revealed among others, that Nigeria has not achieved a fully integrated national development planning because of its federal arrangement. It was therefore recommended that the intergovernmental planning institutions should be strengthened while the National Bureau of Statistics should be equipped with modern techniques for data collection, processing, storage and retrieval.
Contribution/ Originality
This study contributes in the existing literature by adding the study of effect of federalism on National Development Planning in Nigeria. This study uses new estimation methodology of organizing interviews with planning officers. This study originates new formula of content analysis. This study is one of very few studies which have investigated planning in a federal set-up. The paper contributes the logical analysis of relationship between federalism and planning in Nigeria. The paper’s primary contribution is the finding that coordination of planning in a federal set-up is difficult. This study documents that the National Economic Council should be headed by the President of the country.

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