Responsibility of Constituted Authority in Nigeria

Subject : 

Civic Education

Term :

Second Term / 2nd Term


Week 11

Class :

Basic 4 / Grade 4 / Primary 4


Previous lesson : 

The pupils have previous knowledge of Types of Constituted Authority  that have been taught in their previous classes

Topic :

Responsibility of Constituted Authority in Nigeria

Behavioural objectives :

At the end of the lesson, the pupils should be able to

  • explain the responsibilities of constituted authority in Nigeria

Instructional Materials :

  • Wall charts
  • Pictures
  • Related Online Video
  • Flash Cards

Methods of Teaching :

  • Class Discussion
  • Group Discussion
  • Asking Questions
  • Explanation
  • Role Modelling
  • Role Delegation


Reference Materials :

  • Scheme of Work
  • Online Information
  • Textbooks
  • Workbooks
  • 9 Year Basic Education Curriculum
  • Workbooks


Content :

Functions Of  Constituted Authority In Nigeria 

Function Of Religious Constituted Authority In Nigeria  :

  • They prepare sermon that will unit everybody as one in Nigeria
  • They interpret the content of  the Holy Books ( The Holy Bible and The Holy Quran ) to their congregation
  • They counsel the members of their congregations on best spiritual steps to take when there are issues or disputes .
  • They are the custodians and mouth piece of God Almighty on earth
  • They lead worship on special days of service
  • They perform or coordinate social gatherings or functions like naming ceremony or marriage for members of their congregation
  • They give sermon during special occasions like burial , induction ,graduation or coronation

Functions Of Traditional Constituted Authority In Nigeria  :

  • There are the representatives of gods among human .
  • They are the custodians of traditional customs , culture and traditions
  • They see to or settles communal issues most especially issues of land ownership in their various community
  • They strive to bring social and economic development to their immediate community by liaising with the state government or any distinguished members of their immediate community .
  • They install or coronate other lesser obas, bale or chiefs

Functions Of Government Constituted Authority In Nigeria  :

  • They maintain law and orders in the society
  • They arrest offenders
  • They form rules and regulations for proper functioning of the society
  • They protect the country from internal or external attack
  • They investigate crime and punish criminals or offenders



The topic is presented step by step


Step 1:

The class teacher revises the previous topics


Step 2.

He introduces the new topic


Step 3:

The class teacher allows the pupils to give their own examples and he corrects them when the needs arise




The class teacher wraps up or conclude the lesson by giving out short note to summarize the topic that he or she has just taught.

The class teacher also goes round to make sure that the notes are well copied or well written by the pupils.

He or she does the necessary corrections when and where  the needs arise.




  • explain three functions of religious constituted authority in Nigeria
  • give three functions of traditional constituted authority in Nigeria
  • say the reasons why we need to respect the people that occupy the post of constituted authority among us
  • Mention three functions of government constituted authority in Nigeria
  • Mention four people that derive constituted authority from customs or tradition
  • Mention four government officials that derived their powers from the constitution




Prepare for the next lesson by reading about  Revision Civic Education Second Term Basic 4