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THE 1976 LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORM AND PHYSICAL PLANNING DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA S. A. Ifaturoti, Department of Estate Management, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Email: addyfax02@gmail.com Mobile Number: +234 706 270 9658 1.0 INTRODUCTION Local governments are an integral part of government. It is similarly the tier of government that is closest to the people being governed, and so the most effective means through which higher governments- state and federal- institute their policy actions and monitor the developmental process. In Nigeria, there are 774 local governments spanning across the 36 states in the federation. Local government, which can be simply described as government at the local level has been defined by various scholars in different ways. In Ola (1984) the United Nations Office for Public Administration defines local government as: A political subdivision of a nation or (in a federal system) State, which is consti...

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