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Title:Center-Periphery relations: the influences of the past on the present in Borno State
Authors:Howard, L.C.
Okafor, O.
Periodical:Annals of Borno
Geographic term:Northern Nigeria
Subjects:Bornu polity
public administration
state government
Abstract:This essay attempts a historical review of past and present center-periphery relations. A recent study of Borno region by Kayri Tijani affirms that tension between the center and periphery has been a continuing feature of the past administrative history of government in the area. Similar tension is currently observed existing between the capital and periphery in Borno State. The following questions emerge: How did the past respective governments in the area manage center-periphery tensions which erupted? Can their respective past administrative experience provide solutions to contemporary tensions? To what extent can past administrative experiences provide insight into contemporary public policy concerns? This review has endeavoured to answer not only the above questions but also to make some suggestions for an improved center-periphery relation for the future. One important suggestion, for example, put forward by the review is that it is not only useful but instructive to look forward to the future with better knowledge of what has or has not worked in the past. Map, notes.