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Title:Sir Gordon Guggisberg and Socio-Economic Development of Northern Ghana, 1919-1927
Author:Brukum, N.J.K.
Periodical:Transactions of the Historical Society of Ghana (ISSN 0855-3246)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
colonial administrators
History and Exploration
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
History, Archaeology
economic development
Guggisberg, Frederick Gordon, Sir, 1869-1930
About person:Sir Frederick Gordon Guggisberg (1869-1930)ISNI
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41406721
Abstract:Sir Gordon Guggisberg is popularly regarded as the best governor the Gold Coast ever had in terms of the level of socioeconomic development achieved during his term of office. However, an examination of his legacy in Northern Ghana in the fields of education, economic development, transport and communication, and health, indicates that while Guggisberg may be regarded as a hero in the Gold Coast Colony and Asante, as far as Northerners are concerned, he was the worst governor that ever ruled their territory. He introduced a restrictive educational system in the Protectorate at a time when missionary bodies in the Colony and Asante enjoyed unfettered access to open schools. He did little to encourage the cultivation of rice and cotton and livestock breeding when it was clear that these had great potential. And he refused to extend the railway to the north even though feasibility studies showed that its possibilities were comparable, and in some cases better, than in some areas of the south. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]