Inside Independent Nigeria: Diaries of Wolfgang Stolper, 1960-1962 / Edition 1

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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 the economists, local and foreign, who sought to shape the country's development policies and to write its first Five-Year Development Plan. It anticipates many of the problems that afflicted Nigeria from the mid-1960s on, highlighting statist interference in the economy, corruption and the waste of development resources.

About the Author:
About the Editors: Clive S. Gray, Dr, Senior Fellow in Development, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA and Wolfgang F. Stolper, deceased, Professor of Economics Emeritus, formerly of the University of Michigan, USA

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Editorial Reviews

Dwight H. Perkins
Full of vivid detail and candid commentary, Wolfgang F. Stolper's diary provides an unusually full picture of the inner workings of Nigerian policy-making and the daily experiences of a foreign economic advisor in Nigeria in the early years of Independence.

To help understand post-colonial Africa's sad failure in economic development, do read this 1960-1962 Stolper Diary: Northern economist's idealistic hopes encounter Nigerian realisms.

Paul A. Samuelson
There have been many Western economic advisors to governments in the developing world, but few have attempted to record their experience and make it accessible to others. Wolfgang Stolper, one of America's most distinguished economists, kept a detailed diary of his experience as an advisor to Nigeria at the beginning of the 1960s. The diary is rich in detail about Nigeria at that time and about the daily work of an economic advisor. It will be of interest to anyone interested in Africa in particular and technical assistance in the developing world in general.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754609957
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Photographs
Editor's Introduction
Cast of Characters
Map of Nigeria
1 July 17-30, 1960: Arrival in Nigeria: First Impressions, First Tour in the Countryside 1
2 August 2-17, 1960: First Tour of the Three Regions 23
3 August 18-September 11, 1960: Visit to Benin, Completion of First Tour in Nigeria 47
4 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' Visit 59
5 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 Parliament 77
6 April 17-June 6, 1961: Rivkin Mission on US Aid for Nigeria's Plan, JPC, Trips to Eastern and Western Regions 99
7 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) 127
8 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 Nigeria 157
9 August 30-September 22, 1961: Visit to Kano, Maiduguri, Lake Chad: Plan Drafting Begins, Regions Pressed to Submit Their Investment Proposals 179
10 September 24-November 6, 1961: Rivkin Mission Returns, Negotiations with Regions, "Irresponsible" Eastern Region Plan, New Permanent Secretary Godfrey Lardner, JPC Discusses Plan Memo 199
11 November 7-December 13, 1961: Efforts to Trim Investment Programs, Possible Stretch to Six Years, JPC Discusses Plan Outline 221
12 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 Ibadan 237
13 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 Plan 255
14 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 Cohorent Macroeconomic Frameworks, Disputes about Projected Underspending, Plan Completed 273
Postscript (1999) 299
Addendum (June 2001) 303
Index of Names 305
Index of Subjects 309
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