Studies in Industrialization: Nigeria and the Cameroons

Studies in Industrialization: Nigeria and the Cameroons

Studies in Industrialization: Nigeria and the Cameroons

Studies in Industrialization: Nigeria and the Cameroons

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The studies presented in this joint publication are based on research carried out independently. The investigations in Nigeria were undertaken by F. A. W. at the invitation of the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research and the Nigerian Ministry of Labour, during April and May 1959. Those in the Southern Cameroons were completed by W. A. W. while he was a Research Fellow of the Institute from 1953 to 1956, and a member of a team carrying out sociological and economic investigations in the territory. We have collaborated in preparing the studies for publication and have endeavoured to improve them by consultation between ourselves.

One of our difficulties in working up the material has been to keep pace with events. Major political changes have taken place in both Nigeria and the Cameroons since we were there. Nigeria gained its independence as a member of the Commonwealth on 1st October 1960. The Southern Cameroons, until recently administered as part of Nigeria, eventually decided by plebiscite in February 1961 that it wished to achieve independence through unification with the Cameroon Republic, its eastern neighbour. Independence and unification took place on ist October 1961. With the consequent formation of the Federal Republic of Cameroon, the term Southern Cameroons, as used in our text, is no longer applied and the territory formerly called by this name is now known as West Cameroon. Besides political and constitutional changes, the pace of economic development continues to increase in both countries. Where necessary we have tried to bring our facts up to date by reference to published sources and personal contacts in the countries themselves; but we feel that the conditions and problems with which the studies are concerned will be affected only slowly by the passage of time.

It is a pleasure to acknowledge the help received from so many quarters during the course of our work. For the opportunity of doing the research our obligation is to N.I.S.E.R., its director, Professor R. H. Barback, and (in the case of W. A. W.) . . .

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