Nigeria and Cameroon under colonial rule, in Government reports, 1887-1962

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Annual departmental reports relating to Nigeria and the British Cameroons, 1887-1962

Annual departmental reports relating to Nigeria and the British Cameroons, 1887-1962

Any ethnic group within an existing Region can join a neighbouring Region if the majority of such ethnic group desire it and provided that the Region which it seeks to join is willing to accept it
Conference of Nigerian Chiefs 1958-1959Back to Administration, 1899-1960; Conference of Chiefs, 1958-1959; img 2

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See Nigeria grow from Lagos Colony to become an Independent country

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The Annual Departmental Reports relating to Nigeria and British Cameroons are a complementary collection to the earlier British Online Archives publication of Nigerian Blue Books. For the purpose of organisation, the departmental reports have been divided between ten headings: Administration, Finance, Judicial and Police, Natural Resources, Social Services, Transport and Public Works, Communications and Post Office Savings, Commerce, Miscellaneous, and reports relating to the British Cameroons. Within each section, departmental series have been organised in chronological order, prefaced by selected extraordinary reports and sessional papers of particular relevance, and followed by related sub-collections. The coverage of these reports changed as political conditions dictated, commencing with coverage of the Colony and Protectorate of Lagos in 1887. In 1906 Lagos was united with the Protectorate of Southern Nigeria to become the Colony and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria. The next administrative upheaval would occur in 1914, when the Colony and Protectorate of Southern Nigeria was amalgamated with the British Protectorate of Northern Nigeria, to form the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria. The organisation of the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria into provinces commenced in 1937; however, some departments were not subject to this change until the introduction of the 'MacPherson Constitution' of 1951. Further information on the history of Nigeria and of these reports in relation to it can be found in the guide to the microfilm edition, of which this collection is a digital copy.


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Administration, 1899-1960

The administrative reports were intended primarily for the information of the Governor and for limited distribution within the Nigerian Colonial...

Finance, 1904-1960

Audits, Estimates and other financial reports provide a wealth of quantifiable information and statistics on the allocation of resources by...

Judicial and Police, 1899-1960

The maintenance of 'law and order' was regarded by the colonial government of Nigeria to be one of its principal...

Natural Resources, 1887-1960

Natural Resources, as a category, contains a clear emphasis upon Agriculture, Forestry, and the Geological Survey. Within these areas, highlights...


  • These reports are arranged by the departments which they cover within Nigeria and Cameroon. Comparing the data in them shows how each area of government has changed over the years.
  • These papers cover World War One and World War Two as well as the social services in these colonies before independence.
  • Nigerian institutions changed to meet the demands of a colony moving towards independence. See how the changes affected the structure of the government after World War Two.
  • Annual Departmental Reports differ from Blue Books of Statistics because they include explanations of why the statistics are at the levels recorded.
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