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AN EVALUATION OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND PERFORMANCE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA 

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AN EVALUATION OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND PERFORMANCE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA

 

 

Abstract

The concept of financial accountability of the third-tier of government in Nigeria is all about holding and ensuring that stewards with resources which are not theirs, give an accurate and up to date account of what they have done with the resources, with a view to ascertaining whether or not they have individually or collectively conformed with, violated, manipulated, achieved or even thwarted the objectives of the owners of the resources. The need for such accountability is that it is an important aid to the development of a nation and provides relevant information for rational decisions. To appreciate the concept of financial accountability of the third-tier of government, an understanding of the financial system and structure of local government, is imperative. The investigation presented in this paper anchored on Financial Accounting and Performance of Local Government in Nigeria. Two (2) largely populated local government areas of Port Harcourt City and Obio Akpor in Nigeria. Sample size of 400 (four hundred respondents was determined by Taro Yamen application. Thereafter stratified random probability sampling strategy was adopted for sample frame selection. Primary means of data collection was sued by questionnaire to respondents. Ordinary least squares regression analysis was adopted for analysis of the data, with the aid of statistical package for social sciences, reason 22. The study found that there is a positive significant relationship between transparency in local government finance and performance and there is a positive significant relationship between intercity and healthcare services in local government sin Rivers State. In conclusion, local governments are assumed to be performing if projects and services meets the demands of its citizens in local

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areas. Transparency and integrity enhance the effective provision of primary healthcare of local government areas in Rivers State. The study recommend that strong internal control measures should be institutionalized in all local government councils, strict penalty should be put in place to punish non-transparent local government council officials.

 

Keywords: Financial Accountability, Performance Measures, Transparency, Integrity, Local Government