Society, Schools and Progress in Nigeria by L. J. Lewis, E. J. King

By L. J. Lewis, E. J. King

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I n a d d i t i o n t h e O r d i n a n c e r e q u i r e d t h a t t h e S e t t l e m e n t of L a g o s should contribute one-third of t h e s a l a r y of H e r Majesty's I n s p e c t o r of Schools for t h e W e s t African Colonies. I n 1886 L a g o s a n d t h e p a r t of t h e i n t e r i o r c o u n t r y u n d e r its control was m a d e an independent colony a n d protectorate, s e p a r a t e from t h e G o l d C o a s t C o l o n y , a n d t h e first p u r e l y N i g e r i a n Education O r d i n a n c e was enacted.

We have to use our more advanced day-scholars as teachers for some classes, and it is very pretty to see the thankfulness and attention of these men and women, some with grey hairs, to their young teachers, and they often bring them presents of honey or fruit, to tempt these children to go on teaching them when the school is over. W e have about eight or nine classes of different stages; and a very interesting assembly, at the bottom of the church, of those who cannot learn to read. W e gather these together, and first tell them a short simple Bible story, and let them tell it us again, to see that they remember it, and take it in.

W h i l s t t h e r a t e of d o m e s t i c savings h a s b e e n m a i n t a i n e d a t a b o u t 10 p e r c e n t of t h e gross d o m e s t i c p r o d u c t , w h i c h is a h i g h r a t e for a n u n d e r d e v e l o p e d c o u n t r y , a s u b s t a n t i a l e x p o r t s u r p l u s in 1954 c h a n g e d i n t o a n i m p o r t s u r p l u s w i t h a c o n s e q u e n t i a l d r o p in t h e sterling assets of t h e c o u n t r y . I n p a r t , this w e a k n e s s reflects t h e d e p e n d e n c e of t h e c o u n t r y u p o n t h e m o v e m e n t s of w o r l d prices for p r i m a r y p r o d u c t s w h i c h h a v e b e e n falling, a n d , in p a r t , it is d u e to effect of a d v e r s e w e a t h e r c o n d i t i o n s o n t h e a g r i c u l t u r a l o u t p u t .

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