Nigeria's Economic Minister, Mr. O. Adewoye, has attacked what he terms the "dangers and sickening?
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Background: Nigeria's Economic Minister, Mr. O. Adewoye, has attacked what he terms the "dangers and sickening realities" of neo-colonialism in Africa. Mr. Adewoye, opening a meeting of the Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS) in Lagos last week (November 14-17), said ECOWAS had to act as a fortress against manipulation of African economies by other nations and multi-national companies.
SYNOPSIS: The organisation was formed two years ago and has 16 member states. The meeting last week was to prepare a summit conference of the heads of state, to be held in Lagos next January. A further meeting will take place early in December in Togo to prepare the budgets of the Executive Secretariat and of projects in hand. ECOWAS aims to raise the standard of living in its member countries, to maintain stability and to promote African development.
Mr. Adewoye told delegates that, while each country had outward trappings of sovereignty, real independence in controlling their own economic destinies still eluded them. Neo-colonialism sometimes had a beautiful surface, of city skyscrapers, fully-stocked mercantile houses and luxurious cars.
But this was growth without development, for few of the foreign-oriented economic activities came from the talents of the local people. Mr. Adewoye cautioned delegates not to be swayed by the advice of neo-colonialist specialists to concentrate on agriculture. He said advanced, rapid industrialisation was the only means of breaking what he called the "shackles of poverty and neo-colonialism" in West Africa.