Town Union Governance: A Community Service in Eastern Nigeria by Felix NwekeTown Union Governance: A Community Service in Eastern Nigeria by Felix Nweke

Town Union Governance: A Community Service in Eastern Nigeria

byFelix Nweke

Paperback | January 2, 2017

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Town union governments are powerful agents of development through promoting peace, economic and environmental protection activities at the village community level in Eastern Nigeria. Igbo communities organize town unions as indigenous self-help community development associations without government influence as a platform for implementing development projects in their towns/villages. Recently Igbo State governments have begun recognizing town unions as an important tier of their governments along with the Council of Chiefs.

This book is a documentary of the author’s experience as head of a town union government in Eastern Nigeria. The book highlights the desperate plight of the poor in societies that are in transition from rural to urban communities and draws attention to the increasing demands on town union governments as agents of change in such societies.  The book cautions that government’s interference in the administration of town unions will compromise their foundational element, namely as self-help institutions.

Felix Nweke served as the President General of Ukpo Dunukofia town union from 2006 to 2008. He has been a professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; senior economist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan; visiting professor at Michigan State University, East Lansing among other po...
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Title:Town Union Governance: A Community Service in Eastern NigeriaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.31 inPublished:January 2, 2017Publisher:Adonis & Abbey PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1909112658

ISBN - 13:9781909112650

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Table of Contents

Table of contents Dedications.....................................................................................vii Endorsements................................................................................viii Foreword........................................................................................ix Acknowledgements...........................................................................xi Introduction..................................................................................xiii Chapter 1 Resource Mobilization...............................................................21 Chapter 2 Conflict Resolution....................................................................29 Chapter 3 Cultural Revival..........................................................................39 Chapter 4 Environmental Protection.........................................................49 Chapter 5 Interventions in Health and Education ...................................57 Chapter 6 Security Measures......................................................................65 Chapter 7 Collaboration with External Bodies and Role of Women In the Town Union Governance..............................................73 Chapter 8 Faith as a Resource and as a Challenge....................................81 v Chapter 9 Leadership Style.........................................................................89 Chapter 10 Sustainability Concerns............................................................97 Chapter 11 Lessons Learned.....................................................................105 Appendix I Yes, I Accept to Serve as President General Ukpo Improvement Union.....................................................111 Appendix II Mutual Respect among Leadership Institutions at Ukpo.................................................................115 Appendix III Dividends of Progressive Leadership at Ukpo......................119 Appendix IV Self-Determined Cultural Imperialism: A Drag on Progress................................................................125 Appendix V A Call from Home to Serve....................................................133 Documents Consulted.........................................................137 Index........................................................................................141