Intergovernmental Relations and Policy Complexities in Nigeria: Contentions, Challenges and Remedies

  • Ifeoma Loretto Nnaji
  • Ugochukwu Chukwuagozie Iwuokafor
  • Edith Chibugo Afuecheta
  • Donald Chinedu Oranekwu


This study sets out to evaluate the intergovernmental relations and policy complexities in Nigeria. This was born out of the prevalent hitches, problems and cold war that has beclouded the relationships existing amongst every level of government in Nigeria (vertically and horizontally). The objective of this work is pitted on the great concerns and contentions that have clogged the level of coordination, cooperation and collaboration expected among levels of government in Nigeria overtime; stating inherent challenges and remedies. The theory adopted for the work is the multiple advocacy approach and data was drawn mainly from secondary sources. Findings posit that there are complexities that hinder intergovernmental relations activities which range from over ambitious nature of these relationships, indecisions or no clear choice of policy instrument, change in administration, time period changes in activities and programmes etc. The study also exposed the non-correspondence or fiscal imbalances in the revenue sharing formular, and the diversity problems which have hampered fluent IGR operations. Based on these findings, recommendations were made on the adoption of intergovernmental management as a technique to ward off and ameliorate all complexities and hitches that are associated with intergovernmental relations in Nigeria.Keywords: Public Policy, Intergovernmental Relations, Governance, Constitution, Policy Problem, Management