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Title:The Role of the Legislative Council in the Administration of Lagos, 1886-1913
Author:Tamuno, Tekena N.
Year:1969
Periodical:Journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria
Volume:4
Issue:4
Period:June
Pages:555-570
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:parliament
history
1850-1899
1900-1949
History and Exploration
Politics and Government
colonialism
Abstract:In assessing the usefulness of the legislative council in the administration of Lagos Juring the period 1886-1913, the author wishes to emphasize the role of the unofficial (particularly the African) members who were in a permanent minority vis--vis the official members. The presence of a few unofficial members in the legislative council during the period 1886-1913 might suggest that the Crown colony type of government, as in Lagos. had features which provided for a measure of representative government, but because of their limited legislative powers, the Africans in Lagos regarded it as mere window-dressing. From the official viewpoint, the legislative council carried out with much success its two primary functions of passing laws and making fiscal arrangements. In this article, however, a point of departure is reached by examining the hitherto less emphasized functions - those suggested by A.J. Harding of the Colonial office in 1921. Using Harding's criteria, and relating these to the activities and limitations of the unofficial (mainly African) element, the legislative council had very limited value for the African community in Lagos. Notes.
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