oa Lagos Notes and Records - The colonial administration, as a parasite on agriculture: the Example of Asaba Division with particular reference to the 1930s

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0075-7640



One of the major motives of British colonial conquest of Nigeria had been the search for industrial raw materials to feed, their (British) industries at home. However, it is demonstrated in this study that while the agricultural sector in Nigeria was expected to play a key role in the fulfillment of this motive, the sector was deprived of the resources generated within it. The mayor instrument of deprivation in the Asaba Division was colonial taxation with the statutory requirement that half of the general Tax Revenue be paid into the State Treasury.

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