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Title:Administration and development in northern Ghana
Author:Bening, R.B.ISNI
Periodical:Ghana Social Science Journal
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:economic development
indirect rule
Abstract:Modern Ghana under colonial rule consisted of three separate administrations: the Gold Coast Colony, the Colony of Ashanti, and the Protectorate of the Northern Territories. Colonial policy in the Northern Territories was characterised by a failure to develop the area economically and educationnally because of the belief that it did not possess the abundant agricultural and mineral resources of Southern Ghana. This led to lack of any integrated regional economic development programme and the postponement of action on the grounds that the more accessible and better endowed areas should be opened up and developed first. Direct rule further stultified local initiative; it was not until the introduction of indirect rule and direct taxation that the chiefs and people were called upon to participate in the administration and development of their respective areas, Ref., tables.