Project monitoring and evaluation are important components of local government councils’ functions. Given the need to take governance to the grassroots, projects are regularly executed by this level of government. However, empirical evidences show that most local government councils incur huge financial losses and alienation of the citizenry due to poor project monitoring and evaluation to ascertain their level of compliance with laid down procedures of project management. The paper argues that given the catalogue of challenges facing project monitoring and evaluation in Nigerian local governments,unless some urgent and categorical steps are taken such as: adherence to due process in all facets of project planning and management involving the people of the grassroots in project initiation, formulation and execution, insistence on continuity on government projects irrespective of change of government or its personnel, availability of visionary and missionary leadership among other steps, government at the grassroots will continue to struggle to make any useful impact on the people’s life. Keywords: Projects, Evaluation, Monitoring, Local Government, Efficiency Introduction
Local government administration in Nigeria has come of age, not so much because of its efficiency and effectiveness, but primarily because of its longevity and resilience of its relevance in the administration of the country (Akhakpe, Fatile and Igbokwe-Ibeto, 2012). However, one of dominant and unique issue in local government administration and political systems is the efficient and effective provision of basic amenities and social infrastructures. European Scientific Journal August edition vol. 8, No.18 ISSN: 1857 – 7881 (Print) e - ISSN 1857- 7431 181 Provisions of projects are key to the very existence of local governments. They are required to serve the public interest in areas of building feeder roads, construction of markets, health care centers, drainages,...
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