oa Lagos Notes and Records - The colonial administration, as a parasite on agriculture: the Example of Asaba Division with particular reference to the 1930s
|Article Title||The colonial administration, as a parasite on agriculture: the Example of Asaba Division with particular reference to the 1930s|
|© Publisher:||University of Lagos, Nigeria|
|Journal||Lagos Notes and Records|
|Affiliations||1 Department of History, University of Lagos|
|Publication Date||May 2003|
|Pages||75 - 91|
|Keyword(s)||Administrative bureaucracy, Agricultural surplus, Budgetary system, Capitalist political economy, Declining purchasing power, Industrial raw material, Resources repatriated, Socio-economic substructure and Tax contribution|
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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