INDUSTRIAL ADVANCEMENT AND POLICIES IN NIGERIA: A CASE OF THE COLONIAL TEXTILE SCHEME OF 1945-1950

A. T. Ajayi

Abstract


A lot of studies have tried to observe, scrutinize and assess the role played by the colonial government during their epoch of colonizing Nigeria. Even though we can’t take away their exploitative intension, it is however pertinent to admit that some of their policies “no matter how little” improve the knowledge and skills of Nigeria’s industrial sector. One of the country’s largest and oldest manufacturing sub-sectors is the Nigerian textile industry. Domestic production and consumption of cotton textiles in Nigeria conversely predated the colonization of the country by Britain. Production and consumption of textiles however, had become so widespread that by the middle of the nineteenth century, Kano (in northern Nigeria) has become the Manchester of West Africa. The textile industry has traveled a long and rugged road – from its pre-colonial cottage orientation, through it colonial struggle with imported textiles, to its current modernity. This paper looks at the effects of the colonial textile development policy on the industrial growth of Nigeria between 1945 and 1950. It however derives its strength from both primary and secondary materials available.

 

Article visualizations:

Hit counter

DOI

Keywords


industrial advancement, policies, colonial textile scheme, Nigeria

Full Text:

PDF

References


Zurekas, Clarence, Economic Development: An Introduction, New York, Macmillan, 1979, p. 242.

For a detailed discussion on this Issue, see J.F. Ade Ajayi, “The Cultural factor in Technological Development”, in In Search of the Route to National Technological Development: A Compendium of Foundation Day Lectures, FUTA, Akure, 2004, pp. 160-161.

NAI, CSO 26/3638 S.3 Vol. II, p. 157.

Ibid. p. 61.

NAI, Ondo Prof 1/11836B, Textile Centre, Ado-Ekiti, 1949, p.1.

NAI, DCI 1/1 403 S.5, Textile Development Sectional Report 1946-52, p.1.

Ibid.

NAI, DCI 1/1 2792, Annual Report on the general progress of Development and Welfare Scheme, 1947, p.88.

Ibid.

Ibid. p.89.

NAI, DCI 1/1/402, Textile Centres Area, Ado-Ekiti matters affecting 1947-1949, p.209.

NAI, DCI 1/1 419/S.2, Export Market for Hand Woven Cloth (America) 1950 – 1952, p.A02.

NAI, DCI 1/1419 Vol. II, Disposal of cloth produced at Textile Centres, 1951-1952, p.50.

DCI 1/1 2792, Annual report on the general progress.

NAI DCI 1/1 403 S.5, pp.30-33.

Ibid

NAL, RG/X42. Statement on the Activities of the Department of Commerce and Industries, 1949, p.11.

J.F. Ade Ajayi, “The Cultural Factor in Technological Development”, op cit., p.161.

Ibid.

NAI, Ondo Prof 1/1 1836A, p.118.

NAI, Ondo Prof 1/3 D.34, Development of Textile Industry, 1949, p.28.

Ibid

Interview, Chief S.A. Obayemi, 70 years, former textile assistant, TTC Ado-Ekiti, 25 Waterworks Road, Ado-Ekiti, 10/7/94.

This opportunity was enjoyed mostly by the ex-servicemen who formed a clique of the ex-trainees

NAI, DCI/404, Textile Centre: Oyo Matters relating to, 1946-1949, p.192.

NAI, Oyo Prof 1/1/1757, p.49

NAI, Oyo Prof 1/1/1757, Vol. I, p.49

NAI, Oyo Prof 1/1/1757, p.49

NAI, DCI/1 2792, Annual Report on the Genera Progress of Development and Welfare Scheme 1948, p. 32.

NAI, DCI/1 403 IS. 5, Textile Development Sectional Report 1946-1952, p.4.

J.F. Ade Ajayi, “The Cultural Factor in Technology Development” in In Search of the Route to National Technological Development: A Compendium of Foundation Day Lectures, FUTA, Akure, 2004, pp. 160-161.

J.F. Ade Ajayi “The Cultural Factor in Technological Development, op.cit., p.161.

Peter, Kilby, Industrialization in Open Economic: Nigeria 1945-66, London, Cambridge University Press, 1969, pp. 303-314.


Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2018 A. T. Ajayi

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

The research works published in this journal are free to be accessed. They can be shared (copied and redistributed in any medium or format) and\or adapted (remixed, transformed, and built upon the material for any purpose, commercially and\or not commercially) under the following terms: attribution (appropriate credit must be given indicating original authors, research work name and publication name mentioning if changes were made) and without adding additional restrictions (without restricting others from doing anything the actual license permits). Authors retain the full copyright of their published research works and cannot revoke these freedoms as long as the license terms are followed.

Copyright © 2016 - 2018. European Journal Of Political Science Studies (ISSN 2601-2766) is a registered trademark. All rights reserved.

This journal is a serial publication uniquely identified by an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) serial number certificate issued by Romanian National Library. All the research works are uniquely identified by a CrossRef DOI digital object identifier supplied by indexing and repository platforms. All the research works published on this journal are meeting the Open Access Publishing requirements and standards formulated by Budapest Open Access Initiative (2002), the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing (2003) and  Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities (2003) and can be freely accessed, shared, modified, distributed and used in educational, commercial and non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Copyrights of the published research works are retained by authors.


 

Hit counter