This is the report of a mission to Nigeria, organized by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development at the request of the Governments of Nigeria and the United Kingdom. The task of the mission, as agreed upon by the two governments and the Bank, was to assess the resources available for future development, to study the possibilities for development in the major sectors of the economy and to make recommendations for practical steps to be taken, including the timing and co-ordination of developmental activities.
The mission consisted of ten full-time members and five part-time consultants. Three of the experts on agriculture were nominated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; one (the adviser on money and banking) is a member of the regular staff of the International Monetary Fund; six members (the experts on transportation, mineral resources, education, roads, water resources and power) were recruited by the Bank from outside its staff. The other five members are members of the Bank's regular staff. Due to illness, a consultant provided by the World Health Organization was unable to participate in the preparation of the report. The mission chief is from the Netherlands, and other mission members are from Australia, France, Italy, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The mission arrived in Nigeria late in September 1953 and remained until mid-December. Members of the mission travelled extensively in the three regions of Nigeria and in the Cameroons, reassembling at the headquarters of the Bank for the purpose of writing their report.
The mission's report consists of three parts. Part I, the General Report, contains the mission's principal recommendations for the organization and financing of a five-year program of development. Part II consists of a series of Technical Reports on economic and financial resources; agriculture; water resources; industry, mining