Date of Conferral


Date of Award

February 2024




Public Policy and Administration




The inefficient service delivery of local government in Nigeria in the provision and maintenance of primary education and educational facilities is problematic. There is the dearth of instructional, recreational, residential, and social facilities in the learning environment that enable teachers and learners to carry out their work and assimilate efficiently. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore the determining factors that influence the culture of inefficiency in the primary education service delivery function across local government councils in Nigeria and investigate how the culture of efficiency can be recreated. Sutherland’s differential association theory provided the theoretical foundation for the study and the purposive sampling technique was employed. Data were collected from 10 local council staff in a selected local government using semi structured interviews and open-ended questions in addition to reviewing other publicly available documents. The data garnered was subjected to an inductive coding procedure followed by thematic considerations. The analysis suggested that corruption is an umbrella stimulus for the prevailing culture of inefficiency in the primary education service delivery function of local government in Nigeria. This investigation will furnish policy makers with vital information to bolster positive social change through policies that will create school curriculum reforms that will promote anti-corruption education and project national unity and patriotism.