Inside independent Nigeria : diaries of Wolfgang Stolper, 1960-1962 /
edited by Clive S. Gray.
Aldershot ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2003.
xxx, 321 p. : ill., map, ports.
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Aldershot ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2003.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Long Description
Wolfgang Stolper was one of the first Western economists to serve as an adviser in the government of an independent African country. In 1960 he was brought in by the Nigerian government to help shape Nigeria's first post-independence development plan. His remarkably candid diaries chronicle his struggles and frustrations with officials, interference, waste and corruption at the heart of a government and unfolds the extraordinary story of his warmth and friendship with a country and its people.Brutally frank, compelling and disarmingly thoughtful, Inside Independent Nigeria brings to light one of the most exceptional documents on post-independence Nigeria, and delivers a fascinating picture of a pivotal era in the development of Western economic planning in Africa.No student or researcher of African political history, economics or development studies will want to be without this utterly riveting book.
Main Description
The edited diary of one of the first Western economists to serve as an adviser in the government of an independent African country. It gives a brutally frank appraisal of Nigeria's then political leaders and their economic advisers. It anticipates many of the problems that afflicted Nigeria's economy from the mid-1960s on, highlighting corruption and waste of development resources.
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Covering a period of two years in the unfolding tragicomedy of Africa's most populous country, these edited diary extracts by Wolfgang Stolper reveal the negotiations and personal events he experienced between 1960 and 1962 when Nigeria was trying to restructure its economy and implement an economic plan.
Table of Contents
List of Photographsp. vii
Editor's Introductionp. ix
Cast of Charactersp. xxiii
Map of Nigeriap. xxx
July 17-30, 1960: Arrival in Nigeria: First Impressions, First Tour in the Countrysidep. 1
August 2-17, 1960: First Tour of the Three Regionsp. 23
August 18-September 11, 1960: Visit to Benin, Completion of First Tour in Nigeriap. 47
February 1-March 8, 1961: Second Tour Begins: Consultations in London and Rome, First Meeting of Joint Planning Committee (JPC) Under Chairman [Prime Minister's Economic Adviser] Prasad, Grubbing for Planning Data, Gov. "Soapy" Williams' Visitp. 59
March 9-April 16, 1961: Preparing First Paper for the JPC, First Clashes with Prasad, Initial Estimates of Five-Year Plan Magnitudes, Analysis of Selected Public Investments, Ford Foundation Team Attacked in Parliamentp. 77
April 17-June 6, 1961: Rivkin Mission on US Aid for Nigeria's Plan, JPC, Trips to Eastern and Western Regionsp. 99
June 12-July 24, 1961: Federal Investment Program, World Bank Mission, Managing the Ford Team, Malaria, Preparing Introductory Plan Paper for JPC and National Economic Council (NEC)p. 127
July 24-August 28, 1961: New Minister (Waziri Ibrahim), Macroeconomic Policy, Consultations with World Bank and IMF Missions, JPC Discusses Stolper's Paper, German White Elephant Factories in Eastern Nigeriap. 157
August 30-September 22, 1961: Visit to Kano, Maiduguri, Lake Chad: Plan Drafting Begins, Regions Pressed to Submit Their Investment Proposalsp. 179
September 24-November 6, 1961: Rivkin Mission Returns, Negotiations with Regions, "Irresponsible" Eastern Region Plan, New Permanent Secretary Godfrey Lardner, JPC Discusses Plan Memop. 199
November 7-December 13, 1961: Efforts to Trim Investment Programs, Possible Stretch to Six Years, JPC Discusses Plan Outlinep. 221
January 21-March 3, 1962: Cabinet Debates Program Cuts, Tensions in Ford Team, Corruption, Integrated Plan versus Four Separate Plans, Stolper Attends NEC Meeting in Ibadanp. 237
March 5-April 26, 1962: Visit to Eastern Region, Trip to Cameroon, Ford Team's Future, AID Queries about Plan Assumptions, Parliamentary Debate and Vote on the Planp. 255
April 27-June 3, 1962: Nigerian Economic Society Meeting, Israelis Promote Farm Settlements, Visit to Jos Tin Mines and Other Eastern Region Sites, Stolper Offered a Job in Malta, Visit to Ghana, Clash with Prasad Peaks, Stolper Insists on Coherent Macroeconomic Framework, Disputes about Projected Underspending, Plan Completedp. 273
Postscript (1999)p. 299
Addendum (June 2001)p. 303
Index of Namesp. 305
Index of Subjectsp. 309
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