All 774 Local Governments In Nigeria & Their States [Updated]

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Local Governments In Nigeria - All 774 LGAs and their functions

How many local governments are there in Nigeria? The number of local governments in Nigeria demonstrates the country’s political breadth. Welcome to Nigeria’s intriguing world of local governments! Nigeria is organized into 36 states and capital and the FCT, with multiple local government areas (LGAs) in each. The LGAs are Nigeria’s third tier of government and play an important part in the country’s administration.

Nigeria has 744 local governments, each of which plays an important role in the country’s governance and administration. These local governments play an important role in local governance by bringing government services closer to the people on a local level.

So, whether you’re an inquisitive learner, a researcher, or someone eager to explore the diversity of Nigeria’s local communities, this complete list of 744 Nigerian local governments and their states will give you with useful insights into the country’s administrative structure.

These municipalities are in charge of several aspects of local development, including healthcare, education, and infrastructure.

local governments in Nigeria explained

These local government regions are organized by state, so you can simply find the information you need. Let us delve into the rich tapestry of Nigerian local governments!

Structure of Local Governments In Nigeria

Federalism is the type of government that Nigeria uses, where authority is divided among the federal, state, and local levels of government. Nigeria’s 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) are further divided into between 10 and 15 wards at most. A Chairman and Vice Chairperson oversee each LGA, while an elected Councilor is in charge of the ward.

How Many Local Government in Nigeria? 

There are  744 local governments in Nigeria. These local governments are spread across the 36 states of the country, each having its own administrative jurisdiction. 

They play a significant role in governance and the provision of basic services at the grassroots level. The local governments are further divided into wards or districts, making up the diverse fabric of Nigeria’s administrative structure. 

The Local Government Council governs each LGA, consisting of the Chief Executive, known as the Chairman, and other elected representatives called Councilors.

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List of 744 Local Governments In Nigeria And Their States

So, what are the 774 local government in Nigeria?

From the bustling metropolises to the tranquil rural areas, each local government, listed here, represents a unique community within the nation. So let’s begin! 

1. Abia state – 17 Local Government Areas

  • Bende LGA 
  • Ikwuano LGA
  • Aba North LGA
  • Aba South LGA
  • Arochukwu LGA 
  • Isiala Ngwa North LGA
  • Isiala Ngwa South LGA
  • Isuikwuato LGA
  • Obi Ngwa LGA
  • Ohafia LGA
  • Osisioma Ngwa LGA
  • Ugwunagbo LGA
  • Ukwa East LGA
  • Ukwa West LGA
  • Umuahia North LGA
  • Umuahia South LGA
  • Umu Nneochi LGA

2. Adamawa State – 21 Local Government Areas

  • Girei LGA
  • Gombi LGA
  • Jada LGA
  • Demsa LGA
  • Fufore LGA
  • Ganye LGA
  • Lamurde LGA
  • Madagali LGA
  • Maiha LGA
  • Mayo-Belwa LGA
  • Guyuk LGA
  • Hong LGA
  • Michika LGA
  • Numan LGA
  • Shelleng LGA
  • Song LGA
  • Mubi North LGA
  • Mubi South LGA
  • Toungo LGA
  • Yola North LGA
  • Yola South LGA

3. Akwa Ibom State – 30 Local Government Area

  • Ikono LGA
  • Eket LGA
  • Esit-Eket LGA
  • Abak LGA
  • Eastern Obolo LGA
  • Ibesikpo-Asutan LGA
  • Ibeno LGA
  • Ibiono-Ibom LGA
  • Ika LGA
  • Essien Udim LGA
  • Etim-Ekpo LGA
  • Etinan LGA
  • Nsit-Atai LGA
  • Nsit-Ibom LGA
  • Nsit-Ubium LGA
  • Obot-Akara LGA
  • Ini LGA
  • Itu LGA
  • Mbo LGA
  • Mkpat-Enin LGA
  • Ikot Abasi LGA
  • Ikot Ekpene LGA
  • Okobo LGA
  • Onna LGA, Oron LGA
  • Oruk Anam LGA
  • Urue-Offong/Oruko LGA
  • Uyo LGA.
  • Ukanafun LGA
  • Udung-Uko LGA
  • Uruan LGA

Related: List of Universities in Akwa Ibom State

4. Anambra State – 21 Local Government Areas

  • Aguata LGAs
  • Anambra East LGA
  • Anambra West LGA
  • Anaocha LGA
  • Ayamelum LGA
  • Awka North LGA
  • Awka South LGA
  • Ihiala LGA
  • Njikoka LGA
  • Nnewi North LGA
  • Nnewi South LGA
  • Dunukofia LGA
  • Ekwusigo LGA
  • Idemili North LGA
  • Idemili South LGA
  • Ogbaru LGA
  • Onitsha North LGA
  • Onitsha South LGA
  • Orumba North LGA
  • Orumba South LGA
  • Oyi LGA

Related: List of Universities In Anambra State

5. Bauchi State – 20 Local Government Areas

local governments in Nigeria - LGAs in bauchi
  • Bogoro LGA
  • Ningi LGA
  • Warji LGA
  • Dass LGA
  • Toro LGA
  • Ganjuwa LGA
  • Kirfi LGA, and
  • Alkaleri LGA
  • Bauchi LGA
  • Tafawa Balewa LGA
  • Darazo LGA
  • Misau LGA
  • Katagum LGA
  • Itas/Gadau LGA
  • Giade LGA
  • Shira LGA
  • Jama’are LGA
  • Zaki LGA
  • Gamawa LGA
  • Damban LGA.

6. Bayelsa State – 8 Local Government Areas

  • Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA
  • Nembe LGA
  • Ogbia LGA
  • Sagbama LGA
  • Brass LGA
  • Ekeremor LGA
  • Southern Ijaw LGA
  • Yenagoa LGA.

7. Benue State – 22 Local Government Areas

  • Guma LGA
  • Gwer East LGA
  • Gwer West LGA
  • Katsina-Ala LGA
  • Konshisha LGA
  • Ado LGA
  • Buruku LGA
  • Gboko LGA
  • Kwande LGA
  • Logo LGA
  • Makurdi LGA
  • Obi LGA
  • Ogbadibo LGA
  • Ohimini LGA, Oju LGA
  • Agatu LGA
  • Apa LGA
  • Okpokwu LGA
  • Otukpo LGA
  • Tarka LGA

8. Borno State – 27 Local Government Areas

  • Bayo LGA
  • Biu LGA
  • Chibok LGA
  • Damboa LGA
  • Dikwagubio LGA
  • Guzamala LGA
  • Abadan LGA
  • Askira/Uba LGA
  • Bama LGA
  • Gwoza LGA
  • Ukum LGA
  • Ushongo LGA
  • Vandeikya LGA.
  • Kalka/Balge LGA
  • Maiduguri LGA
  • Marte LGA
  • Mobbar LGA
  • Monguno LGA
  • Konduga LGA
  • Kukawa LGA
  • Borno State
  • Hawul LGA
  • Jere LGA
  • Kaga LGA
  • Kwaya-ku LGA
  • Mafa LGA
  • Magumeri LGA
  • Ngala LGA
  • Nganzai LGA
  • Shani LGA.

9. Cross River State – 18 Local Government Areas

  • Calabar Municipal LGA
  • Calabar South LGA
  • Etung LGA
  • Ikom LGA
  • Obanliku LGA
  • Abi LGA
  • Akamkpa LGA
  • Biase LGA
  • Boki LGA
  • Obubra LGA
  • Obudu LGA
  • Odukpani LGA
  • Akpabuyo LGA
  • Bakassi LGA
  • Bekwarra LGA
  • Ogoja LGA
  • Yakuur LGA
  • Yala LGA.

10. Delta State – 25 Local Government Areas

  • Ethiope west LGA
  • Ethiope east LGA
  • Ika south LGA
  • Ika north east LGA
  • Isoko south LGA
  • Isoko north LGA
  • Aniocha south LGA
  • Anioha LGA
  • Bomadi LGA
  • Burutu LGA
  • Ukwuani LGA
  • Uviwie LGA
  • Warri central LGA
  • Warri north LGA
  • Warri south LGA.
  • Okpe LGA
  • Oshimili north LGA
  • Oshimili south LGA
  • Patani LGA
  • Sapele LGA
  • Ndokwa east LGA
  • Ndokwa west LGA
  • Udu LGA
  • Ughelli south LGA
  • Ughelli north LGA

11. Ebonyi State has 13 Local Government Areas

  • Izzi LGA
  • Abakaliki LGA
  • Ezza North LGA 
  • Ivo LGA
  • Afikpo South (Edda) LGA
  • Ohaozara LGA
  • Afikpo North LGA
  • Ebonyi LGA
  • Ohaukwu LGA
  • Onicha LGA.

12. Enugu State – 17 Local Government Area 

  • Ezza South LGA
  • Ikwo LGA
  • Igbo Eze South LGA
  • Aninri LGA
  • Awgu LGA
  • Isi Uzo LGA
  • Nkanu East LGA
  • Nkanu West LGA
  • Nsukka LGA
  • Ishielu LGA
  • Enugu East LGA
  • Enugu North LGA
  • Enugu South LGA
  • Oji River LGA
  • Udenu LGA
  • Udi LGA
  • Ezeagu LGA
  • Igbo Etiti LGA
  • Igbo Eze North LGA
  • Uzo-Uwani LGA.

13. Edo State Edo State – Local Government Areas

  • Igueben LGA
  • Ikpoba-Okha LGA
  • Oredo LGA
  • Akoko-Edo LGA
  • Egor LGA
  • Esan Central LGA
  • Esan North-East LGA
  • Esan South-East LGA
  • Esan West LGA
  • Orhionmwon LGA
  • Ovia North-East LGA
  • Ovia South-West LGA
  • Etsako Central LGA
  • Etsako East LGA
  • Etsako West LGA
  • Owan East LGA
  • Owan West LGA
  • Uhunmwonde LGA.

Related: List of Universities In Edo State

14. Ekiti State Ekiti State – 16 Local Government Areas

local governments in Nigeria - Ekiti state LGAs
  • Efon LGA
  • Emure LGA
  • Ido-Osi LGA
  • Ijero LGA
  • Ado-Ekiti LGA
  • Ikere LGA
  • Oye LGA
  • Aiyekire (Gbonyin) LGA
  • Ikole LGA
  • Ilejemeje LGA
  • Irepodun/Ifelodun LGA
  • Ekiti East LGA
  • Ekiti South-West LGA
  • Ekiti West LGA
  • Ise/Orun LGA, Moba LGA.

15. Gombe State – 11 Local Government Areas

  • Akko LGA
  • Balanga LGA
  • Billiri LGA
  • Dukku LGA
  • Dunakaye LGA
  • Gombe LGA
  • Kaltungo LGA
  • Kwami LGA
  • Nafada/Bajoga LGA
  • Shomgom LGA
  • Yamaltu/Deba LGA

16. Imo State Imo – 28 Local Government Areas

  • Ezinihitte Mbaise LGA
  • Ideato North LGA
  • Ideato South LGA
  • Ihitte/Uboma LGA
  • Aboh Mbaise LGA
  • Ahiazu Mbaise LGA
  • Ehime Mbano LGA
  • Njaba LGA
  • Nkwerre LGA
  • Nwangele LGA
  • Obowo LGA
  • Oguta LGA
  • Ikeduru LGA
  • Isiala Mbano LGA
  • Isu LGA
  • Mbaitoli LGA
  • Ngor Okpala LGA
  • Ohaji/Egbema LGA
  • Oru East LGA
  • Oru West LGA
  • Owerri Municipal LGA
  • Okigwe LGA
  • Onuimo LGA
  • Orlu LGA
  • Orsu LGA
  • Owerri North LGA
  • Owerri West LGA
  • Nwangele LGA

17. Jigawa State – 27 Local Government Areas

  • Buji LGA
  • Dutse LGA
  • Gagarawa LGA
  • Garki LGA,
  • Gumel LGA
  • Guri LGA
  • Gwaram LGA
  • Gwiwa LGA
  • Auyo LGA
  • Babura LGA
  • Biriniwa LGA
  • Birnin Kudu LGA
  • Hadejia LGA
  • Jahun LGA
  • Kafin Hausa LGA
  • Kaugama LGA
  • Kazaure LGA
  • Kiri Kasama LGA
  • Kiyawa LGA
  • Maigatari LGA
  • Malam Madori LGA
  • Miga LGA
  • Ringim LGA
  • Roni LGA
  • Sule Tankarkar LGA
  • Taura LGA
  • Yankwashi LGA

18. Kaduna State – 23 Local Government Areas

  • Kaduna North LGA
  • Kaduna South LGA
  • Birnin Gwari LGA
  • Chikun LGA
  • Giwa LGA
  • Igabi LGA
  • Kagarko LGA
  • Kajuru LGA
  • Kaura LGA
  • Kauru LGA
  • Kubau LGA
  • Kudan LGA
  • Ikara LGA
  • Jaba LGA
  • Jema’a LGA
  • Kachia LGA
  • Lere LGA
  • Makarfi LGA
  • Soba LGA
  • Zangon Kataf LGA
  • Sabon Gari LGA
  • Sanga LGA
  • Zaria LGA.

Related: List of Universities In Kaduna State

19. Kano State – 44 Local Government Areas

Did you know that Kano has the highest number of local governments in Nigeria?

  • Ajingi LGA
  • Albasu LGA
  • Minjibir LGA
  • Nassarawa LGA
  • Rano LGA
  • Bagwai LGA
  • Bebeji LGA
  • Bichi LGA
  • Dawakin Tofa LGA
  • Doguwa LGA
  • Fagge LGA
  • Gabasawa LGA
  • Garko LGA
  • Garun Mallam LGA
  • Gaya LGA
  • Gezawa LGA
  • Gwale LGA
  • Gwarzo LGA
  • Bunkure LGA
  • Dala LGA
  • Dambatta LGA
  • Dawakin kudu LGA
  • Kabo LGA
  • Kano Municipal, LGA
  • Karaye LGA
  • Kibiya LGA
  • Kiru LGA
  • Kumbtso LGA
  • Kunchi LGA
  • Kura LGA
  • Madobi LGA
  • Makoda LGA
  • Rimin Gado LGA
  • Rogo LGA
  • Shanono LGA
  • Sumaila LGA
  • Takai LGA
  • Tarauni LGA
  • Tofa LGA
  • Tsanyawa LGA
  • Tudun Wada LGA
  • Ungogo LGA
  • Warawa LGA
  • Wudil LGA.

20. Katsina State – 34 Local Government Areas

  • Bindawa LGA
  • Charanchi LGA
  • Dan Musa LGA
  • Dandume LGA
  • Danja LGA
  • Bakori LGA
  • Batagarawa LGA
  • Batsari LGA
  • Baure LGA
  • Daura LGA
  • Dutsi LGA
  • Jibia LGA
  • Kafur LGA
  • Kaita LGA
  • Kankara LGA
  • Dutsin-Ma LGA
  • Faskari LGA
  • Funtua LGA
  • Ingawa LGA
  • Kankia LGA
  • Katsina LGA
  • Kurfi LGA
  • Kusada LGA
  • Mai’Adua LGA
  • Malumfashi LGA
  • Mani LGA
  • Mashi LGA
  • Matazu LGA
  • Musawa LGA
  • Rimi LGA
  • Sabuwa LGA
  • Safana LGA
  • Sandamu LGA
  • Zango LGA.

21. Kebbi State – 21 Local Government Areas

  • Dandi LGA
  • Fakai LGA
  • Gwandu LGA
  • Jega LGA
  • Arewa Dandi LGA
  • Argungu LGA
  • Augie LGA
  • Kalgo LGA
  • Sakaba LGA
  • Shanga LGA
  • Suru LGA
  • Koko/Besse LGA
  • Maiyama LGA
  • Ngaski LGA
  • Danko/Wasagu LGA
  • Yauri LGA
  • Zuru LGA
  • Aleiro LGA
  • Bagudo LGA
  • Birnin Kebbi LGA
  • Bunza LGA

22. Kogi State – 21 Local Government Areas

  • Dekina LGA
  • Ibaji LGA
  • Idah LGA
  • Igalamela-Odolu LGA
  • Adavi LGA
  • Ajaokuta LGA
  • Ankpa LGA
  • Bassa LGA
  • Ijumu LGA
  • Ofu LGA
  • Ogori/Magongo LGA
  • Okehi LGA
  • Okene LGA
  • Olamaboro LGA
  • Kabba/Bunu LGA
  • Koton Karfe LGA
  • Lokoja LGA
  • Mopa-Muro LGA
  • Omala LGA
  • Yagba East LGA
  • Yagba West LGA.

23. Kwara State – 16 Local Government Areas

  • Ilorin East LGA
  • Ilorin South LGA
  • Ilorin West LGA
  • Ifelodun LGA
  • Irepodun LGA
  • Isin LGA
  • Kaiama LGA
  • Moro LGA
  • Asa LGA
  • Baruten LGA
  • Edu LGA
  • Ekiti LGA
  • Offa LGA
  • Oke Ero LGA
  • Oyun LGA
  • Pategi LGA.

24. Lagos State – 20 Local Government Areas

  • Apapa LGA
  • Mushin LGA
  • Ojo LGA
  • Oshodi –Isolo LGA
  • Shomolu LGA
  • Surulere LGA.
  • Badagry LGA
  • Epe LGA
  • Eti-Osa LGA
  • Ibeju- Lekki LGA
  • Ifako/Ijaye LGA
  • Ikeja LGA
  • Agege LGA
  • Alimosho Ifelodun LGA
  • Alimosho LGA
  • Amuwo-Odofin LGA
  • Ikorodu LGA
  • Kosofe LGA
  • Lagos Island LGA
  • Lagos Mainland LGA

Related: List of Universities In Lagos State

25. Nasarawa State – 13 Local Government Areas

  • Karu LGA
  • Nassarawa LGA
  • Nassarawa/Eggon LGA
  • Obi LGA
  • Toto LGA
  • Wamba LGA.
  • Keana LGA
  • Keffi LGA
  • Kokona LGA
  • Akwanga LGA
  • Awe LGA
  • Doma LGA
  • Lafia LGA

26. Niger State–25 Local Government Areas

  • Gurara LGA
  • Katcha LGA
  • Bosso LGA
  • Chanchaga LGA
  • Edati LGA
  • Gbako LGA
  • Bida LGA
  • Borgu LGA
  • Lapai LGA
  • Lavun LGA
  • Kontagora LGA
  • Agaie LGA
  • Agwara LGA
  • Rafi LGA
  • Magama LGA
  • Mariga LGA
  • Mashegu LGA
  • Mokwa LGA
  • Rijau LGA
  • Shiroro LGA
  • Suleja LGA
  • Munya LGA
  • Paikoro LGA
  • Tafa LGA
  • Wushishi LGA.

27. Ogun State–20 Local Government Areas

  • Ifo LGA
  • Ijebu East LGA
  • Ijebu North LGA
  • Ijebu North East LGA
  • Abeokuta North LGA
  • Abeokuta South LGA
  • Ado-Odo/Ota LGA
  • Imeko Afon LGA
  • Ipokia LGA
  • Obafemi Owode LGA
  • Odogbolu LGA
  • Sagamu LGA
  • Yewa North LGA,
  • Yewa South LGA.
  • Ewekoro LGA
  • Ijebu Ode LGA
  • Ikenne LGA
  • Odeda LGA
  • Ogun Waterside LGA
  • Remo North LGA

28. Ondo State – 18 Local Government Areas

  • Akoko north LGA
  • Akoko north east LGA
  • Akoko south east LGA
  • Ondo LGA
  • Ondo east LGA
  • Ose LGA
  • Owo LGA.
  • Akoko south LGA
  • Akure north LGA
  • Akure LGA
  • Idanre LGA
  • Irele LGA
  • Odigbo LGA
  • Okitipupa LGA
  • Ifedore LGA
  • Ese Odo LGA
  • Ilaje LGA
  • Ile Oluji/Okeigbo LGA

29. Osun State – 30 Local Government Areas

  • Bolawaduro LGA
  • Boripe, LGA
  • Ede LGA
  • Ede north LGA
  • Atakumosa west LGA
  • Atakumosa east LGA
  • Ayedaade LGA
  • Ayedire LGA
  • Ife south LGA
  • Ife east LGA
  • Ifedayo, Ifelodun LGA
  • Ilesha west LGA
  • Egbedore LGA
  • Ejigbo LGA
  • Ife north LGA
  • Ife central LGA
  • Ila- orangun LGA
  • Ilesah east LGA
  • Irepodun LGA
  • ola oluwa LGA
  • olorunda LGA
  • Oriade LGA, Orolu LGA
  • Osogbo LGA.
  • Irewole LGA
  • Isokan LGA
  • Iwo LGA
  • Obokun LGA
  • Odo-otin LGA

30 Oyo State – 33 Local Government Areas

  • Akinyele Moniya LGA
  • Afijio Jobele LGA
  • Ido LGA
  • Irepo LGA
  • Iseyin LGA
  • Egbeda Egbeda LGA
  • Ibadan North Agodi Gate LGA
  • Ibadan North-East Iwo Road LGA
  • Ibadan North-West LGA
  • Ibadan South-West Ring Road LGA
  • Ibadan South-East Mapo LGA
  • Ibarapa Central LGA
  • Ibarapa East Eruwa LGA
  • Kajola LGA
  • Lagelu LGA
  • Atisbo Tede LGA
  • Saki West LGA
  • Saki East LGA
  • Ogbomosho North LGA
  • Ogbomosho South LGA
  • Oyo West Ojongbodu LGA
  • Atiba Ofa Meta LGA
  • Itesiwaju Otu LGA
  • Iwajowa LGA
  • Surulere LGA
  • Orelope LGA
  • Ori Ire LGA
  • Ibarapa North LGA
  • Olorunsogo LGA
  • Oluyole LGA
  • Ogo Oluwa LGA
  • Oyo East LGA
  • Ona Ara LGA.

31. Plateau State – 17 Local Government Areas

  • Bokkos LGA
  • Jos East LGA
  • Kanam LGA
  • Barkin Ladi LGA
  • Bassa LGA
  • Kanke LGA
  • Langtang North LGA
  • Jos North LGA
  • Jos South LGA
  • Langtang South LGA
  • Riyom LGA
  • Shendam LGA
  • Wase LGA.
  • Mangu LGA
  • Mikang LGA
  • Pankshin LGA
  • Qua’an Pan LGA

32. Rivers State – 23 Local Government Areas 

  • Abua-Odual LGA
  • Ahoada East LGA
  • Asari-Toru LGA
  • Bonny LGA
  • Etche LGA
  • Gokana LGA
  • Ikwerre LGA
  • Degema LGA
  • Ahoada West LGA
  • Akuku-Toru LGA
  • Andoni LGA
  • Eleme LGA
  • Emohua LGA
  • Oyigbo LGA
  • Khana LGA
  • Omumma LGA
  • Opobo-Nkoro LGA
  • Portharcourt LGA
  • Tai LGA
  • Obio-Akpor LGA
  • Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni LGA
  • Ogu-bolo LGA
  • Okrika LGA

33. Sokoto State – 23 Local Government Areas

  • Gada LGA
  • Isa LGA
  • Kebbe LGA
  • Kware LGA
  • Rabah LGA
  • Goronyo LGA
  • Gudu LGA
  • Gwadabawa LGA
  • Illela LGA
  • Sabon Birni LGA
  • Binji LGA
  • Bodinga LGA
  • Dange Shuni LGA
  • Shagari LGA
  • Tureta LGA
  • Wamako LGA
  • Wurno LGA
  • Yabo LGA.
  • Silame LGA
  • Sokoto North LGA
  • Sokoto South LGA
  • Tambuwal LGA
  • Tangaza LGA

34. Taraba State – 16 Local Government Areas

  • Ardo Kola LGA
  • Bali LGA
  • Gassol LGA
  • Ibi LGA
  • Jalingo LGA
  • Donga LGA
  • Gashaka LGA
  • Karim Lamido LGA
  • Kurmi LGA
  • Wukari LGA
  • Yorro LGA
  • Zing LGA.
  • Lau LGA
  • Sardauna LGA
  • Takum LGA
  • Ussa LGA

35. Yobe State – 17 Local Government Areas 

local governments in Nigeria - Yobe state LGAs
  • Fune LGA
  • Jakusko LGA
  • Karasuwa LGA
  • Machina LGA
  • Bade LGA
  • Bursari LGA
  • Damaturu LGA
  • Geidam LGA
  • Gujba LGA
  • Potiskum LGA
  • Tarmuwa LGA
  • Gulani LGA
  • Fika LGA
  • Nangere LGA
  • Nguru LGA
  • Yunusari LGA
  • Yusufari LGA.

36. Zamfara State – 15 Local Government Areas

  • Bungudu LGA
  • Tsafe LGA
  • Shinkafi LGA
  • Talata Mafara LGA
  • Zurmi LGA.
  • Anka LGA
  • Bakura LGA
  • Birnin Magaji/Kiyaw LGA
  • Bukkuyum LGA
  • Gummi LGA
  • Gusau LGA
  • Kaura Namoda LGA
  • Maradun LGA
  • Maru LGA

Federal Capital Territory Abuja–6 LGAs

  • Gwagwalada LGA
  • Kuje LGA
  • Bwari LGA 
  • Abaji LGA
  • Abuja Municipa LGA
  • Kwali LGA

The Biggest and Largest Local Government Area in Nigeria 

Toro Local Government Area, located in Bauchi State, Nigeria, is renowned as the biggest/largest local government in Nigeria.

With its headquarters in the town of Toro, this vibrant administrative division comprises three districts: Toro, Jama’a, and Lame. Spanning an expansive area of 6,932 square kilometers, Toro is home to a population of 350,404, as recorded during the 2006 census.

Its significant size and population make Toro a focal point in Nigeria’s local governance landscape. The area is easily identifiable with its postal code, 740.

Functions of Local Governments in Nigeria 

There are several functions of the local governments but we’ve narrowed the list down to five. The five functions of the local government in Nigeria are:

  • Provision of Basic Amenities: Local governments in Nigeria are responsible for providing essential amenities and services to their communities. This includes the provision of clean water, sanitation facilities, primary healthcare centers, primary education, and basic infrastructure like roads, electricity, and street lighting.
  • Revenue Generation and Resource Management: Local governments play a vital role in generating revenue through various means, such as taxation, levies, and fees. They also manage and allocate resources efficiently to meet the needs of their communities, ensuring proper utilization of funds for developmental projects and social welfare programs.
  • Maintenance of Law and Order: Local governments are entrusted with maintaining law and order within their jurisdictions. They collaborate with security agencies to enforce local bylaws, regulate activities, and promote peace and security. They may establish and support local police stations or community policing initiatives to ensure the safety of residents.
  • Social Welfare and Community Development: Local governments are responsible for promoting social welfare and community development. They implement programs and initiatives that address the needs of vulnerable groups, such as women, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. They may provide social support, healthcare services, skills development programs, and poverty alleviation schemes to uplift their communities.
  • Planning and Development Control: Local governments engage in urban and rural planning to guide the orderly development of their areas. They regulate land use, issue building permits, and enforce zoning regulations to ensure proper urbanization and environmental sustainability. They also undertake developmental projects, such as the construction of markets, parks, recreational facilities, and public spaces, to enhance the overall quality of life in their localities.

The 1988 Local Government Reform In Nigeria: What you Should Know 

The 1988 Local Government Reform in Nigeria marked a significant milestone in the country’s governance system. It aimed to address various challenges and improve local government administration. Led by President Ibrahim Babangida, the reform sought to establish local government as the third tier of government, enhancing its role in national development and addressing the issues faced after the annulment of the June 12, 1993, Presidential elections. 

To achieve this, a ten-man committee was formed, chaired by Professor Robert Ola, and tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of relevant documents. The committee’s report, developed between October 1991 and January 1992, introduced significant reforms known as the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) and Presidentialism at the local level. 

These reforms laid the foundation for a more efficient and effective local government structure, making the Babangida administration one of the most transformative in terms of empowering local communities.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Which LGA is the Richest in Lagos State?

Ikoyi is the richest local government area in Lagos, located in Eti-Osa Local Government Area.

  • Which LGA is the Smallest in Nigeria?

Lagos Island (Isale Eko) is is the smallestGA in Nigeria. It was the capital of Lagos State until 1957 when the capital moved to Ikoyi.

  • Which LGA is the Oldest in Nigeria?

Akoko Edo is the oldest local government area in Nigeria. It is one of the six (6) Local Government Areas in the Afenmai/Afemai Region in Edo North Senatorial District of Edo State of Nigeria with Its Headquarters at Igarra.

  • Which State Has 27 Local Governments in Nigeria?

Imo State has 27 local government areas. 

Local Governments Nigeria (Summary) 

Nigeria’s 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) represent the backbone of local governance, service delivery, and development in the country. These LGAs, spread across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, serve as vital administrative units responsible for providing essential services to the local population. 

From healthcare and education to infrastructure development and social welfare programs, the LGAs play a pivotal role in improving the lives of people at the grassroots level. 

Don’t forget, there are 774 local governments in Nigeria. The diverse nature of Nigeria’s LGAs reflects the rich cultural heritage and unique characteristics of the communities they represent. Through their collective efforts, the LGAs contribute significantly to the overall progress and democratic process of the nation.

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