The Economic Development of Nigeria: Report of a Mission Organized by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development at the Request of the Governments of Nigeria and the United Kingdom

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CHAPTER 4 ORGANIZING THE DEVELOPMENT EFFORT

The preceding chapter is concerned with our recommendations for expanded development activities by the federal, regional and local governments and by the several statutory bodies. This chapter addresses itself to the organization of the development effort and to the role of a number of public agencies in that effort. It also sets forth the mission's proposal for a state bank.

In making our recommendations, which involve the creation of new institutions and changes in existing ones, we have been mindful of the desirability of keeping to a minimum any further burdening of the administrative apparatus. In each case, we have carefully weighed the advantages of a proposed change against the added administrative burden which it would initially entail.

We have paid particular attention to the implications of the progression towards self-government, and of the federal system introduced by the revised constitution which has already made necessary a great number of organizational and administrative changes. We think that most of our recommendations can be carried out as part of this general reorganization.


I FORMULATION AND CO-ORDINATION OF ECONOMIC POLICY

The limited availability of skilled manpower and the fact that funds, though now ample, are by no means inexhaustible, make it imperative that duplication of effort be avoided, that each part of the development program be related to the needs of the economy as a whole, and that priorities be assigned among public investment projects. Ultimate decision on these matters is a responsibility of government which cannot be delegated. But cabinet action should be based on staff work, and this should be done by an economic secretariat independent of the departmental government machinery.

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