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The Social Sciences
Year: 2008 | Volume: 3 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 164-173
An Evaluation of the Relevance of Traditional Rulership Institution in the Nigerian State: A Case Study of Edo State
Aidelokhai Dennis Idonije
 
Abstract: The major problem of political participation and governance at the local level of administration in Nigeria, revolves round the delicate issue of redefining the roles of traditional rulers, who before the colonization of Nigeria, had sovereign authority over affairs in their areas of jurisdiction. The usurpation of the power of traditional rulers in public administration, which commenced, during colonial rule in Nigeria, culminated in post colonial Nigerian administrators, rendering the institution irrelevant in public administration. Despite the reduction of the power of traditional rulers in public administration by all post colonial administrators in Nigeria, argues this study, the institution remains the epitomy and custodian of the mystical, religious and symbol of identity of their local people. Thus, an integration of the institution is advocated in the public administration of Nigeria so as to adequately enhance efficient and effective service delivery to Nigerians. It is, however, suggested that some modifications be made to the traditional rulership institution, to enable it cope with the complexities associated with modern public administration. This will enable it contribute meaningfully to nation building and national development.
 
How to cite this article:
Aidelokhai Dennis Idonije , 2008. An Evaluation of the Relevance of Traditional Rulership Institution in the Nigerian State: A Case Study of Edo State . The Social Sciences, 3: 164-173.
URL: http://medwelljournals.com/abstract/?doi=sscience.2008.164.173