International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Nigerian Motor Transporters since the 1920s

The road transport sector today constitutes one of the greatest employers of labour in the Nigerian economy. The impact of road transporters can be felt in every aspect of the Nigerian society. Yet previous studies on road transportation in Nigeria have largely concentrated on the infrastructural aspects of the transport industry. This paper differs from previous studies because its focus is on the operators of the system (i.e. the road transporters) and the ways in which they have impacted on the economy right from the 1920s when the use of motor transportation became generalized in Nigeria.The study depends on archival documents and these are supplemented with oral evidence and some secondary source materials. The paper finds that the road transporters have played very significant roles in the Nigerian economy, leading to the conclusion that they can indeed serve as agents of national economic development.

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