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This book, intended to serve the needs of young Nigerians preparing to the course on Ordinary and National Diplomas, Master and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Nigeria Universities and other Higher Institutions of learning, provides an informed introduction to Comparative Local Government. It suggests a new approach to the study of this subject matter. Instead of recounting the definition, justifications and classification of Comparative Local Government in Nigeria, it sets out to describe and analyse what is happening within Local government system and the issues of principles involved in these happenings within a framework. Many works have so far been produced that have endevoured to explain the whole gamut of Comparative Local Government and their reforms. To our regret, due to the dearth of complete information, particularly the current changes going on in their reforms in post-colonial societies like ours, such accounts have been widely off the mark. The best of them contain serious gaps and have proved not entirely useful in arriving at the truth. Eme, Okechukwu Innocent and Okoroafor’s account in this book, a long overdue work, provides the most authentic analysis and explanations of the Nigeria’s socio-economic and political environment under which Local Government was established, managed and reformed. It is significantly against this background, that the authors, Eme, O.I. and Okoroafor was able to thematically explore the genesis of Local Government and its concomitant mismanagement and reforms from colonial epoch to contemporary era. Hence, the authors through the chapterisation of the book delved into explaining to the readers how the current crisis in Local Government in Nigeria have come to bear by looking at the political economy of Nigeria during the colonial, independent and post-independent epochs. The authors in their systematic and pragmatic approach was able to show that corruption and mismanagement of Nigeria’s common wealth was part and parcel of colonial legacies bequeathed to the post-independence Nigeria socio-economic and political managers who were never groomed to pilot the affairs of state in line with the general global best practices thereby continued in the way the colonial forces handed them the mantle of leadership. Obviously, the book provides practical guides on the nitty-gritty of day-to-day administrative and management work for young and serving officers in public bureaucracies. Eme and Okoroaror’s book fills this gap adequately. It is for this reason that I recommend the book to students, public officials, researchers and those who are continuously in the audios business of impacting knowledge to future generations. Professor Anthony Onyishi Obayi, Department of Public Administration and Local Government, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.