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Title:The native treasury question under the warrant chief system in Eastern Nigeria, 1899-1929
Author:Afigbo, A.E.ISNI
Periodical:Odý: Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:indirect rule
Abstract:The history of the Native Treasury in Eastern Nigeria is little known. Writers on British colonial Administration in Nigeria made the assumption that the institution was first introduced by Lugard in Northern Nigeria, that no Native Treasury was ever set up in Eastern Nigeria before the introduction of direct taxation in 1928, and that this imposition of direct taxation in 1928 was the first s step towards introduction of Indirect Rule or Native Administration in Eastern Nigeria. This article traces the history of the institution in Eastern Nigeria. It shows that in this, as in many other aspects of Indirect Rule, Lugard was anticipated by some administrators in Southern Nigeria; that prior to 1914 the Warrant Chief System (Sir Ralph Denham Moor) had had a rudimentary Native Treasury; that the introductions of direct taxation in 1928 was another step towards the completion of a programme of reform initiated by Lugard in 1914 for remodelling Southern Nigerian local government systems along Northern Nigerian lines. Notes.