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Title:Studied Neglect or Lack of Resources? The Socio-Economic Underdevelopment of Northern Ghana Under British Colonial Rule
Author:Brukum, N.J.K.
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana (ISSN 0855-3246)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
Great Britain
West Africa
regional disparity
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
History and Exploration
Imperialism, Colonialism
Economic and social development
Colonial countries
Abstract:Until Ghana became independent in 1957, Northern Ghana was a British protectorate. On the eve of independence, Northern Ghana had only four institutions of higher learning, one university graduate, no extractive or productive industry, a rudimentary system of communication and agriculture that was predominantly still at the subsistence level. The region's relative socioeconomic backwardness arose from the deliberate policy of the colonial government to subordinate the interests of the region to that of the rest of the country and to turn it into a reservoir of labour. The colonial government implemented policies that frustrated the socioeconomic development of the North. It failed to develop the economic potentialities of the area, particularly cattle rearing and the cultivation of rice, cotton and shea nut. It failed to develop a good system of transport, ultimately refusing to extend the railway to the North. At the same time, education was neglected. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]