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

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

by Wolfgang F. Stolper, Clive S. Gray


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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.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754609957
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/01/2003
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

List of Photographsvii
Editor's Introductionix
Cast of Charactersxxiii
Map of Nigeriaxxx
1July 17-30, 1960: Arrival in Nigeria: First Impressions, First Tour in the Countryside1
2August 2-17, 1960: First Tour of the Three Regions23
3August 18-September 11, 1960: Visit to Benin, Completion of First Tour in Nigeria47
4February 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' Visit59
5March 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 Parliament77
6April 17-June 6, 1961: Rivkin Mission on US Aid for Nigeria's Plan, JPC, Trips to Eastern and Western Regions99
7June 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
8July 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 Nigeria157
9August 30-September 22, 1961: Visit to Kano, Maiduguri, Lake Chad: Plan Drafting Begins, Regions Pressed to Submit Their Investment Proposals179
10September 24-November 6, 1961: Rivkin Mission Returns, Negotiations with Regions, "Irresponsible" Eastern Region Plan, New Permanent Secretary Godfrey Lardner, JPC Discusses Plan Memo199
11November 7-December 13, 1961: Efforts to Trim Investment Programs, Possible Stretch to Six Years, JPC Discusses Plan Outline221
12January 21-March 3, 1962: Cabinet Debates Program Cuts, Tensions in Ford Team, Corruption, Integrated Plan versus Four Separate Plans, Stolper Attends NEC Meeting in Ibadan237
13March 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 Plan255
14April 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 Completed273
Postscript (1999)299
Addendum (June 2001)303
Index of Names305
Index of Subjects309

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