The Need For Improved Revenue Generation In Local Government (A Case Study Of Owerri North Local Government Area)

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Revenue generation is the nucleus and the path to modern development . thus, the study was to assess the need for improved revenue generation on local government. This is because local government as the third of government is the closest to the people especially those in the rural areas.

Needed revenue to provide basic social amenities to the people. But it is unfortunate to note that the local government management have not lived up to expectation especially to provide basic social amenities to the rural people. Thus, the objective of this research is to analyze the extent to which improved revenue generation had affected the development of those areas.

The researcher used primary and secondary methods the data obtained through questionnaire was percentages. The following are some of the findings which included poor development of the areas, lack of basic social amenities to the rural people and lack of revenue to maintain the existing infrastructures.

The researcher therefore recommended that the local government should provide basic amenities of high quality. By so doing, the people’s interest would be geared towards giving their maximum support to the local government which would lead to the development of the rural area.

Table Of Contents

Preliminary Page(s)

  • Title Page
  • Approval Page
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgement
  • Abstract
  • Table of content

Chapter One


  • 1.1 Background of the study
  • 1.2 Statement of the study
  • 1.3 Objective of the study
  • 1.4 Research Question
  • 1.6 Significance of the study
  • 1.7 Scope of the study
  • 1.8 Limitation of the study
  • 1.9 Definition of terms

Chapter Two

Literature Review

  • 2.0 Development of local government in Nigeria
  • 2.1 Sources of Review generation in local government
  • 2.2 The need for revenue generation in local government
  • 2.3 The problems of revenue generation
  • 2.4 The implication of revenue generation in local government
  • 2.5 Tax as a major source of revenue
  • 2.6 The purpose of tax
  • 2.7 Problems associated with tax collection in Orlu East local government
  • References

Chapter Three

Research Design and methodology

  • 3.0 Introduction
  • 3.1 Research design
  • 3.3 Area of study
  • 3.4 Population and sample size
  • 3.5 Sample size and techniques
  • 3.6 Instruments for data collection
  • 3.7 Sources of data collection
  • 3.8 Validation of instrument
  • 3.9 Method of data analysis

Chapter Four

Data Presentation and Analysis

  • 4.0 Introduction
  • 4.1 Analysis of data
  • 4.2 Interpretation of data

Chapter Five

Summary of Findings, Conclusion and Recommendations

  • 5.1 Summary of Findings
  • 5.2 Conclusion
  • 5.3 Recommendations
  • References
  • Appendix

Chapter One

1.0 Introduction

1.1 Background Of Study

Development is a sine qua non for modern civilization. In a crusade and struggle to carryout development at all nooks and crannies of the society, the local government as the tier of government that is nearest to the people is saddled with the responsibility of direct development of the people to a certain level.

Development is highly associated with fund, much revenue is needed to plan, execute and maintain infrastructures and facilities at the local government level. The needed revenue generated for such development projects like construction of accessible roads, building of public schools, health care centers, construction of bridges among others are soles generated from taxes, royalties, fines and grants from states, national and international governments.

Thus, the local government cannot embark, execute and possibly carryout the maintenance of these projects and other responsibilities without adequate revenue generation.

This is basic reason why development is skeletal at some local government councils in Nigeria. The issue for improve revenue generation is not exceptional to local government in Imo state. This has being one of the problems encountered by Oru East local government.

This however pronouncedly affecting development negatively in local government councils. In this research project, the issue to address is how far can this improved revenue generation affect development especially in Oru East local government.

1.2 Statement Of The Problem

The local government council take direct care of the grassroots of people, that is the people lack essential facilities and condition of modern civilization. They lack pipe bore water to drink, do not have electricity, accessible roads, poor educational infrastructure and facilities to mention but a few.

This is one of the major reasons of rural urban migration of movement. This has made our cities to be congested and increase in many criminal activities. Based on the above and foregoing assertions, it is obvious that the need for improved revenue generation in the development of the rural area is a serious problem.

This might be as a result of poor revenue generation. If Nigeria is to achieve her desire goal of vision 2020 and possibly meet the millennium development goals (MDGS) target, the issue of revenue generation must be addressed squarely.

Hence the researcher is bothered to find out the need for improved revenue generation in the lives of people at the rural area and how it has affected development in general especially in Oru East local government area.

1.3 Purpose / Objectives Of The Study

The broad objective of the research is to evaluate the need created by improved revenue generation in the development of ORU East in Imo state.
The other objective of this study includes:

  1. To determine the level of modern social amenities available in Oru East.
  2. To find out the level of poverty associated with the rural people as a result of poor development .
  3. To find out the degree of rural –urban migration.
  4. To make useful suggestions to solve the problem for improved revenue generation as development depends on revenue generated.

1.4 Research Questions

  1. What are the impacts of improved revenue generation on the development of Oru East?
  2. Are there adequate modern social amenities in Oru East?
  3. Is the poverty level of the rural people as a result of poor development?
  4. Has improved revenue generation in Oru East contributed to rural –urban migration?
  5. How can revenue generation in Oru East be improved?

1.5 Significance Of The Study

The significance of any human endeavuor is measured by its relevance to solving human problems. The findings of this study would help Oru East local government to identify the problems associated with revenue generation and its consequences on development.

1.6 Scope Of The Study

The study is focused on the need for improved revenue generation and how it affects development of the local government areas. It will also involve the analysis of problems associated with revenue generation and its need on the development of Oru East local government.

1.7 Limitation Of The Study

The researcher was constraint by time to time frame for the submission of this research was short for an expansive research. The researcher equally encountered financial limitation as lack of sponsorship from corporate bodies thus; the researcher’s little resources could not cover more areas.

1.9 Definition Of Terms

Some concepts require proper explanation to enhance our understanding of the theme where necessary opinion of scholars will be cited to explain the terms. The researcher will also give some fundamental definition of terms

Local Government

According to lawal (2000) local government as a political sub-division of a nation in federal system which is constituted by law and has substantial control of local affairs which includes the power to impose taxes or exact labour for prescribed purpose.

According to William Robson (2006) Defined local government as involving the conception of territorial non-sovereign community possessing the legal right and the necessary organization to regulate its own affairs.


Public revenue could be defined as the funds generated by the government to finance its activities. In other words revenue is the total fund generated by government (federal state, local government ) to melt the expenditure for a fiscal year.

This refers also to the grand total of money of income received from the source of which expenses are incurred. Revenue could be internal or external revenue.


This is the process of sourcing revenue for the local government in carryout their aim and objectives.


Public expenditure refers to the expenses which the government incurs for its own maintenance, in the interest of the society and the economy in order to help other countries.


Tax can be defined as a compulsory levy by government on goods, services, income and wealth. It provides definite source of revenue for government expenditure. (Udeh O.S 2008)

It is the way by which government obtain extra money. It spent from income of individual and companies. Tax could be direct or indirect tax. A tax is a payment made by the taxpayers and used by the government for the benefits of all the citizens.

Tax Evasion

Tax evasion means illegal reduction in one tax liabilities, thereby paying less than the appropriate amounts and not paying at all.

Tax Avoidance

Tax avoidance is the act of streamlining one’s financial affairs within the law so as to minimize the tax liabilities.


According to Ake (2001) development is thus the process by which people create and recreate themselves and their life circumstances to realize higher levels of civilization in accordance with their own choice and


It also a type of social change in which new ideas are introduces into a social in order to produce higher per-capital income and levels of living through more modern production methods and improved social organization.

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