Accountability and Performance of Government Agencies in the Delivery of Water, Education and Road Services in Nigeria

Authors: Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER)
Year: 2012
Type: Grantee publication – working paper

Public service delivery in Nigeria is bedevilled with governance crisis especially in the education, water and road sectors in spite of alternative channels being developed to deliver services for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Have the alternative channels being employed proved to be effective and better channels of service delivery? Have the service delivery systems been accountable and participatory? What factors account for the emerging performance? What are the effects of the governance mechanisms on outcome in the various sectors? The hypothesis of this study is that accountability and participation in service delivery have significant effects on output, that these governance indicators are significantly influenced by the socio-economic characteristics of the beneficiaries and channels of service delivery and that performance of service delivery is significantly affected by geographical location and regional characteristics.

This country study is part of a global research project, Varieties of Governance: Effective Public Service Delivery.

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