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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TECHNICAL REPORT 5 DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTIONS

I REGIONAL PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT BOARDS

Organization and Activities

The Regional Production Development Boards (RPDBs) were established in 1949 to administer funds made available for development purposes by the Marketing Boards. A 1951 ordinance defined their authority more specifically and transferred to them all economic development activities of the Marketing Boards.

Each board is composed of members of the regional legislature, representatives of the Marketing Boards and government officials, one of whom, the regional Development Secretary, serves as chairman. The Lieutenant-Governor of the region has limited control over the operations of the board. All proposed contracts and projects must be submitted for his approval but approval may be withheld only if the Lieutenant-Governor considers them to be beyond the resources of the board or for an unauthorized purpose.


TABLE 1 Financial Position of Regional Production Development Boards, 1953-54

(Thousand £)

Grants Received
1949-54
Net Disbursements
1949-54
Reserves at
End of 1953-54
Northern Board 5,167 1,119 4,049
Western Board 11,317 2,8341 8,484
Eastern Board 5,359 2,203 3,159
Total2 21,843 6,155 15,688
1Including reimbursement of £ 736,000 in respect of agricultural schemes initiated
by the Cocoa Marketing Board.
2Totals do not equal sum of columns because of rounding.
SOURCE: Accounts of the Regional Production Development Boards.

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