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Title:Recent trends and patterns in Nigeria's industrial development
Author:Ajayi, Dickson 'DareISNI
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:industrial development
physical planning
Economics, Commerce
Nigeria--Economic conditions
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/afrdevafrdev.32.2.139
Abstract:This paper analyses recent trends and spatial patterns of manufacturing in Nigeria in three phases: the precolonial era, the early postcolonial era, and events since the mid-1980s. In particular, the paper shows that industrial development in the country involved considerable artisanal crafts firms in the early stages and grew progressively in number over the years to large-scale manufacturing. The pattern of the distribution of manufacturing industries at the city level indicates that there is a marked concentration of manufacturing establishments in the southern part of the country, and especially Lagos, Ibadan and Benin in the southwest. Other locations of relative high concentration of industrial establishments are Kano in the North; and Enugu and Port Harcourt in the southeast. Although this paper shows that production subcontracting increased and varied amongst subcontracting firms, production subcontracting relationships are concentrated in a few locations. The paper concludes that the spatial pattern could change if industrialists adopt the strategy of industrial linkages, and especially production subcontracting which has become a driving force in contemporary industrial development efforts in the world today. It is expected that the situation could be better enhanced given the ongoing privatization of industrial concerns in Nigeria. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]