International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 305

Full Length Research Paper

Mushrooming appointed Caretaker Committee: A quagmire to grassroot democracy in Nigeria

Ojo John Sunday
  • Ojo John Sunday
  • School of Politics and International Studies, University Of Leeds, United Kingdom.
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Ihemeje Godwin Chinedum
  • Ihemeje Godwin Chinedum
  • Department of Local Government Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 20 January 2014
  •  Accepted: 07 July 2014
  •  Published: 31 July 2014



The inclination and imposition of non-elected local government council impoverished the political institutional structure of local government while many state governors have trampled upon the constitutional provision which vindicate and established democratically elected local council. Therefore, this study carefully examines budding appointed caretaker committee in Nigerian local government which has become a quagmire to survival of grassroots democracy. This study employs qualitative source of data, samples are drawn from the states operating appointed caretaker committee system in Nigeria. The study concludes that out of 36 states, 14 states comprising six geo-political zones are operating appointed caretaker committee local government council in Nigeria. The subject of non-conduct of elections at the third tier of government has become a common trait within the political spheres of most states. The tier of government which is closest to the grassroots is thus hijacked, prevented from meeting up with its primary and major obligations; the citizens have been denied fair representation with feelings of alienation and disillusionment. Therefore, the study recommends constitutional review and its strict compliance in order to democratize political institution of local government whilst the lacunas and loopholes entrenched in the 1999 constitution should be amended to stem the proliferation of appointed local government executive councils in Nigeria.     


Key words: Local Government, Caretaker Committee, Democracy, Grassroots, Governance, election.