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Title:The background to the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914
Author:Anjorin, A.O.
Periodical:Odý: Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Great Britain
political unification
Abstract:Suggestions for the amalgamation of the country now known as Nigeria were made by Sir Ralph Moor in 1896 and by the African Trade Section of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce in 1897. In 1898 the Niger Committee was set up to make recommendations for the future development of the Lagos Colony, the Niger Coast Protectorate and the Niger Sudan. Although the members of the Committee agreed that the union of the three territories under one Governor was desirable, they felt that it would be premature to press it under the existing conditions of the territories. Lugard, since January 1st, 1990, High Commissioner of Northern Nigeria, in 1902 urged the amalgamation of the Protectorates of Northern and Southern Nigeria at least on a fiscal basis. Differences in the views of the Political Officers in Nigeria put the brakes on an early union of the Nigerian territories. The Colonial Office also had its objections. It was not before 1912 that Lugard became Governor-General-designate of the amalgamated Nigerian territories. Notes.