International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

 

GOVERNANCE CRISIS IN NIGERIA: AN EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF CO-PRODUCTION AS PANACEA FOR SERVICE DELIVERY
Femi POPOOLA

Abstract
In the wake of independence of Nigeria in 1960, hopes and expectations were high that the project Nigeria was on the threshold of good governance. However, within a few years, the high hopes and lofty expectations of independence were dashed and frustrated resulting in governance crisis which manifested in several ways including civil war, large scale corruption, prolonged military rule, poor service delivery etc. Social service delivery which, indeed, stands as one of the hallmarks of good governance has consistently and progressively declined qualitatively and quantitatively. Despite various policies and huge resources committed to service delivery, there have been little positive results. It is against this backdrop that this paper examines and analyses the progressive degeneration of crucial social services that dots the landscape of the country. The paper focuses on five key social services which are: road, water, electricity, health care and education. It also examines the bureaucratic institutions of state administration that have become so centralized with the citizens largely relegated and irrelevant in decision-making on service delivery matters that concern them. The paper further presents an empirical analysis of co-production as a possible solution to poor and inefficient service delivery in the country. The paper concludes on a note that co-production becomes inevitable if service delivery will become effective and efficient.

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